Teens Go Green!

gogreenteensI have been meaning to blog about this cool book Teens Go Green!  Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming. (by Valerie Colston, Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2011)  The book offers ideas for librarians on environmentally themed art projects that are also low cost., practical and hands-on to engage youth. The book starts with Part 1: Going Green, offering basic ideas on resources and supplies, tips on working with teens and art, along with promoting and marketing the programs and ideas. Part II: Art Programs and Projects takes up most of the book offering art project ideas with illustrations, purpose, topics, costs, age level, required material, programming related activities, timeframe, and ties to technology, with lots of extra resources lists too.

Besides purchasing this great teen art book,  Colston is offering a 4 week Arts & Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshops, online, non-credit, held through Art Teacher on the Net, starting August 15, 2013 for $59.  (sign up!)

Colston is actually an art professor and has worked for year teaching art programs with  San Diego libraries and teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers through the UCSD extension department.   She has also published 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills and 200 Projects to get your in to art school.

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Green Christmas Art Projects

Fun ideas to do with youth in your library or school (or at home)!

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Check out these wreath ideas from sustainablog:
use old neckties, corks or greeting cards to create a wreath….

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… turn your old CDs (who uses CDs anymore?) by upcycling into ornaments, a great idea from Natalie on Creme de la Craft blog. Natlie also has lots of other great ideas for reuse like making your own card holder from Altoid containers and cool necklaces from pistachios shells.

art from old books

check out these beautiful art pieces created from discarded books by an Australian artist Kylie Stillman. Kylie carves trees out of old books —  Kind of ironic that trees are used to create books that are now used to create images of tree within them!  Check out more images on  http://1800recycling.com/blog/ or check out Kylie Stillman’s website!

(also check out more about 1800recylcing.com blog, recycling search, or their state by state resources)

Rebound Designs: reusing books

At ALA in June, I wandered past a cool exhibitor & very friendly entrepreneur of  Rebound Designs  – Caitlin Phillips. Caitlin takes old books and creates beautiful and useful art from them!  Her main creations are these way cool book purses but she also creates wallets, and Naughty Bits Pins, and more.  You can read or listen to the NPR interview about how she  got this idea and how she creates these artful reused book purses.  Purchase one of Caitlin’s pieces from etsy – or if you are in the DC area, she is at Eastern Market in DC most weekends. Also follow her on twitter @bookgrrl to hear what her latest creation may be.

More Recycling…

This blog I subscribe to How Can I Recycle This? is a great place to check out recycling ideas of all kinds: from gadgets (How can I reuse or recycle broken digital cameras & MP3 players? ) to art (How can I make a notebook out of recycled materials?) Have something odd at your library you want to discard – why not search their site and see what is suggested as a way to reuse or recycle it or add your own ideas.  If nothing else, it’s fun to see how creative people are!