Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Junk Drawer: Marshmallow Madness

Did you know that peeps blow up to giant sizes after 10 seconds in the microwave? I didn't. And did you know that marshmallows could be a fabulous library program, and not necessairly a food program.  Again, I didn't.  

Now I know both of these things thanks to a fantastic librarian doing amazing things at the Dunkirk Public Library.  Director Ailesia Franklin is creative, compassionate, and truly committed to providing quality services to teens.  She presented on teen program at a conference this past weekend, and I was lucky enough to hear her speak.

Back to peeps.  So in her fun program entitled "Peep Wars", teens choose an opponent, take chicken peeps (a great program for after the Easter holiday when the delicious marshmallow chicks go on sale) and insert a toothpick in the spot of their choosing, and place the candy item in a microwave for no more than 10 seconds.  When heated, the peeps expand and possibly shoot out the toothpick.  If the toothpick sticks into the opponents peep, you win the war!  Simple, easy, and tons of fun.  

If you need something for teens to do while they wait for their match, have them make marshmallow sculptures.  Just grab some marshmallows of all sizes and some extra toothpicks.  The name of the game is to create, have fun, and enjoy a memorable program at the library.

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