I only have one more program to design and submit for my internship. I’m thinking about revamping the one I did this summer in Florida for their Summer Reading theme: A Universe of Stories. The program went pretty well, though it was geared toward pre-teens, rather than teens, but I’d like to see how it stacks up against MCPL standards.
For the program, I had a room that I could completely darken so that the teens could view some glow in the dark constellations. I had constructed about twelve to fifteen constellations (a combination of recognizable star clusters like the Big Dipper and the astrological signs) using highlighter that would glow under a black light and then placing them according to the current night sky in their area. I opened the program by letting the teens cluster around each of the reachable constellations and guessing which ones they were. We then turned the lights back on to tell some of the fairy tales surrounding the constellations and the Northern Lights before discussing light pollution. The teens were pretty engaged and asked several questions that kept the conversation alive. We then ended with a craft where they took safety pins and punched holes through black paper to create constellation jars.
Since MCPL doesn’t have a purely interior room with no windows, I’m trying to figure out how I could best darken a space that the teens would still feel comfortable visiting. I know it has been hard to get them to branch outside of the Ground Floor, so my options are likely limited to the study room or perhaps one of the meeting rooms where the Know Your Glow Party took place in August. To think on.