This book presents 12 different craft projects designed to appeal to teens. Each project begins with an overview indicating the relative difficulty of the project, the time to allow, the amount of supervision necessary, the appropriate group size, and the “Mess Factor.” Also included are lists of the required tools, materials, and room setups. Each project concludes with “Spin-Offs” (other projects that use the same techniques) and “Adaptations,” which offer ways to adapt the activities for different groups (seniors, younger children, patrons with disabilities, etc.). The directions are straightforward, and black-and-white illustrations are featured throughout. In addition, users can find printable, single-page instruction sheets at the companion Web page. The book concludes with an appendix of supplies, tools, and project materials along with a glossary and a listing of other resources, both print and Internet. This would be a useful resource for anyone interested in increasing or expanding their teen programming. --Maren Ostergard
About the Author
Tina Coleman is member specialist for the membership development department of the American Library Association. Winner of the ALA 2006 Staff Achievement Award, her work as marketing coordinator for ALA Editions and ALA Graphics has given her an insider's view of the library world and a way to apply her multiple creative talents.
Peggie Llanes worked for many years at Christopher House, a Chicago day care and social services center, where she had extensive training in child development, social service, and community and group work. Through her experience working with underprividged children, she developed a keen sense of the importance of presenting open-ended projects that promote creativity and individuality and enhance the self esteem.