Friday, March 28, 2014

Library GrabBag: We're All Mad Here


I might have mentioned a time or two that I'm a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan.  There's something about Alice, a day dreamer, who finds herself in an unexpected world filled with chaos and craziness, whimsy and mania, that gets my imagination pumping.  I suppose the same can be said for The Wizard of Oz and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

So when my Teen Librarian came up to me with the idea of an after-hours Mad Hatter Party, I was totally on board.  She's also planning a Minecraft after-hours this May, but I have to admit that this is the one I'm most excited about, bringing literature (a classic at that) into teen programming is always special.

Here's what she has planned:

- The evening will kick off with an icebreaker.  One teen will be chosen to play the Cheshire Cat.  The remaining participants will stand in a circle with Cheshire in the middle.  Cheshire's goal is to get another teen to laugh.  No talking.  No touching.  Just good old fashioned fun

- The icebreaker will be followed by the caucus race, which is basically just a chaotic...every man for himself...scavenger hunt that will burn off a little energy and get the teens moving.  There will be stations scattered across the library's second floor.  When "off with her head!" is announced, each teen must drop what they're doing and rush to another station.  Teens will be searching for (5) colored mad hatter hats, door mice to glue to teacups, roses to paint red, and will participate in a toss game.  The first (5) teens to successfully complete all the tasks will earn a raffle ticket for prizes that will be awarded at the end of the evening.

- Next up is the cardboard house challenge.  (6) teams will attempt to build the smallest house possible out of cardboard that will fit one member of their team inside.  More raffle tickets will be earned.

- Now it's time for some pizza and a movie.  We'll be watching Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland while enjoying snacks.

- Finally, it's Mad Hatter Tea Party Musical Chairs.  We'll have to break the participants up into two games, but each teen will be carrying a tea cup filled with water.  The last man standing must have water left in his cup in order to win!

As always, if there's time left, we'll squeeze in a good old fashioned game of sardines.  A crowd favorite. Hopefully I'll have some pictures for you soon!

Have you tried a Mad Hatter Party, or do you have any successful book related after hours programs?

Good Luck Becky!!

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