TPiB: Retro Rad- the 1970’s
- Create a life sized battleship board in your room by nominating captains then sectioning off the room with cardboard. Have people lay down as the boats, and people call out the hits as they strike
- Find Stratego boards and have a tournament, or Operation boards and see who the winner could be through their strategy and skill
- Create a photo booth so that teens can show off their 70’s styles and instagram them to their friends, or make instragram crafts with them
- Teach teens the popular dances of the era (the Hustle, YMCA, etc.) then have a dance off
- Have a costume relay race- gather up items like a leisure suite, big shoes, vest, weird hair, etc., and have teams relay throughout the area to see which team can get the best time
- Decoupage was HUGE in the 70’s. Let teens loose with images printed from the 70s (ads, scrapbook paper) and modge podge and let them create to their heart is content
- String Art
- Strata Bottles
- Yarn Creatures or for a more updated twist zombie yarn dolls
- Create their own Lava Lamp with these instructions
Run these movies in the background for the perfect atmosphere, or have them be a centerpiece for a longer program. Be sure to check with your public performance license to make sure you can show them. Titles marked with an asterisk would be awesome for sing-alongs.
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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