School holidays in the Library

Have you ever run activities for the school holidays and wondered where the bored children and parent’s losing their sanity are?!

For holidays in the past, I have usually worked with the museum or art gallery to offer activities. One we did was all about Steampunk because Oamaru IS the Steampunk Capital of New Zealand (or the world?). We looked at what steampunk is, did a scavenger hunt about the costumes at the museum and created our own characters on paper with a drawing and back story. It was fun and the kids and I loved pottering about in the world of Steampunk.

BUT we always seem to just have a handful of kids along (apart from when I worked with the gallery on ‘The making of The Word Witch’ exhibition but that’s another story). So I’ve been pondering on how to get more of these kids out of the woodwork and into our great little library. Having missed out on the craft gene and breaking-out into a cold sweat when having to create something by myself, I have avoided offering craft of any kind! But after talking to some kids about what they like to do and realising that it’s not all about me, the dreaded CRAFT word kept coming up.

Now, my challenge was: ‘Can I sell colouring-in as an exciting craft activity?’ cos I can do that. I aim to draw inside the lines. The answer I came up with was ‘NO’. Lucky for me, and the kids of Oamaru, we have some crafty members of our current and past staff: who also like kids. This week, our inaugural ‘Scrapbooking with Julia’  and ‘Book-making with Mary’ was launched!

And, guess what?! We had huge numbers of kids with parents + grandparents in tow to help out. There was an amazing buzz and I got to go around take photos and keep away from the scissors and glue *shudder*. I also got awesome feedback from kids and parents and was able to let them know to keep an eye out for summer reading and other activities during school holidays.

After being really scared of offering these kinds and activities and being anxious that our library was too small, it would be really messy and I’d have a melt-down, I now declare Craft in the Library a resounding success! Oamaru Libary may even offer craft again: assuming I can coerce some willing crafty-types to run the sessions for me 🙂

Check out our facebook page for some great photos of the session:

And I’d love to hear what others offer for school holidays and any  ideas for easy craft.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julia de Ruiter (@JuliadeRuiter)
    Oct 11, 2012 @ 02:35:49

    Great post, just shows what a little courage and thinking outside the box can acheive! It was a really fun time! 🙂


  2. Rhoda
    Feb 04, 2013 @ 08:00:40

    Not such a fun time for the volunteer attempting to shelve picture books around dozens of parents into picture book boxes pushed against the window three deep 🙂

    Notice: I’m not the crafty type.

    I just found your blog, and it looks great!


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