Last week had some flops and successes. The flops were all due to injury or illness--Swing Dancing was cancelled because one instructor was out of town and the other managed to gash/burn his leg with some sort of saw (I have learned not to ask too many questions when it comes to him!). I was out sick Thursday and Friday--D&D happened Thursday without me, but Friday's Anime Club did not.
Still, not a wasted week. The teens have come up with their own crazy club, the Extremely Great Club for Geeks. They created it on their own but I made it an official library program so that I can do my best to find them space to meet so that they don't cause the rest of the librarians and library patrons too much stress. They are great kids, but when you've got more than 3 or 4 teens together things tend to get noisy, and there were 20 or so here for the meeting.
I happened to have another program going on on Wednesday night, so I roped them into participating. One of our youth librarians organized having the library make valentines for patients at a local hospital. Each branch had a kid's program to make them, and I had a teen program at the main library. Only about 3 people showed up specifically to make valentines, but when I combined them with the 20 already there it ended up being quite a party. Two tables full of teenage boys studiously making valentines is maybe one of the cutest things I've ever seen. I should have taken photos of some of them, but they get nervous when the camera is out!
I hope the Extremely Great Club for Geeks keeps going. Our Anime Club hasn't been doing so well, I think because of the mix of younger teens and older teens. This summer I'm going to try splitting them up for some programs and seeing how that goes--probably 6th, 7th, and 8th grades together, and high school together. I don't blame the older teens for not wanting to hang around with the sixth graders, but it's going to make a lot of extra work for me. Oh well, being extremely busy is one of the joys of teenbrarianship!