Cindy Crushes Programming: Nailed It!
A lot of the best programming ideas comes from TV. Game shows, food programs and craft programs are a great inspiration for programming. Today Cindy Shutts outlines how she ran a program inspired by the Netflix show Nailed It!, which of course was inspired by the ongoing Internet trend where everyday people share their attempts to recreate what they see on the Internet and when they have clearly failed announce that they have, indeed, nailed it.
Nailed It is the popular show on Netflix where people try to create yummy creations that look good, but often times they fail. I wanted to try to recreate this in a library craft program.
Your crafts can be different. I did not spend any money on craft supplies. I used leftover supplies I already such as magnets, paper, pipe cleaners and buttons.
Prepapring for the Program:
Step one: Create the crafts the patrons will be making. The crafts I chose were a Nailed It magnet and a paper sunflower. I have two rounds in my program..
Step Two: Prepare the supplies for the crafts
Make a list and check it twice to make sure you have all the supplies you need in the amounts that you need.
Step Three: Make Nailed It Trophy
Step Four: I made an optional PowerPoint presentation to go along with the program that listed all the rules and crafts and the time limits they would have to follow to make the craft easier to run.
Here are the basic rules the patrons where given:
- Two rounds
- This is not a race.
- Round One is 30 minutes (this is plenty of time to include crafters who come late).
- Each craft will have minimal instructions
- You will have an example of each craft, but may not take it from the example table
- You must share craft supplies such as glue and glue guns.
- Judging will happen for Round One at 6:30
- Winner of Round One will receive a hint from Miss Cindy
- The person who places last in Round One will have Miss Cindy distract a competitor of their choice for one minute.
- Round Two is 45 minutes.
- All of Cindy’s judging is final. No Bribes.
- You must keep you hand on your own craft. Do not touch someone or someone’s craft without permission.
- Winner will receive the Nailed it Trophy.
- Loser will receive a Certificate of Completion
- Feel free to make your craft better than Miss Cindy’s.
Step Five: Run the program: This was one program where I tried to remember to be kind but funny when judging the crafts. The winner of Round One will receive a hint from me. I gave them gluing hints because I had given them three types of glue to use. I explained which glue goes where. The last place loser of Round One will have Miss Cindy distract a competitor of choice for one minute. This was harder than I expected. I turned on Cher’s Believe and danced around to it in front of the person of the losers’ choice.
Final Thoughts: I loved it! It was so much fun and people had a great time. The only issue was people who had never seen the show, but I did explain the show quickly to them. I have regulars who sign up for a lot of my programs without knowing what it is.
Filed under: Teen Programming
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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