TPiB: The Mortal Instruments City of Bones (Magic in Books and Movies past, present and future, part 2)
Have your mortals prove that they are Shadowhunter material by creating an indoor obstacle course to prove their skills. Tie chars together and have them crawl under (or over) to sneak up on vampires and demons. Jump in and out of activity rings 5 times to improve their agility. Practice their aim with beanbag tosses. Or create a challenging maze using crepe paper streamers or string for them to navigate. Break your youth into parabati pairs, and see which team can finish with the smallest time.
Shadowhunters need to be able to draw runes for everything: healing, protection, night vision. Print out pictures of the runes used in the Mortal instruments series (some can be found here ) and have teens practice their drawing skills.
Once they’ve mastered their runes have them pick their favorite for a temporary tattoo. Instructions are here: http://charlotteisnotmyname.tumblr.com/post/11523186764/temporary-tattoos-tutorial
OR, if you want to go really hardcore, create your own Steles. Here is the create and bake method (good for ovens or possibly toaster ovens): http://www.themortalinstrumentsinmovies.com/2012/10/mortal-instruments-stele-learn-steps-on.html but you could definitely make them with something similar to Crayola Model Magic and let them air dry. Or you can put clay on pens or pencils and then paint to suit.
Book Quote Art
Do check out this awesome book quote art project over at The Library as Incubator Project. Getting teens involved in created book inspired art is a great way to combine fandom with creative expression.
Novel Novice also has some discussion questions and program ideas up on their website. 4YA has some great ideas up as well.
Don’t forget you can do things like fan art, make your own graphic novel pages and more.
Have some TMI movie programming ideas to share with us? Please share them in the comments. This should be a huge movie this summer for YA fans.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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