Cindy Crushes Programming: Fandom Passports, by Teen Librarian Cindy Shutts
Since the Pandemic has limited travel in a lot of ways, I have found myself exploring the world with Fandoms. I have been reading and visiting multiple and new worlds this way. I decided to make a fun twist on the travel passport by creating a fandom passport where the teens could talk about all the worlds they have visited for their favorite fandoms. It’s a great way to be creative and celebrate the things you love while creating a momento to look back on some day and remember who you were and what you loved at this stage of your life.
Cost: $ 40 but it could be cheaper if you already had some of the supplies.
2. Paper with images from different fandoms
I had some pre-printed (Pride and Prejudice, Grishaverse, Demon Slayer, Attack on Titan, Among Us, Percy Jackon, Lord of the Rings, She-ra, Various disney and Marvel, Animal Crossing, Star Wars, My Hero Academia, Sailor Moon and more) I tried to add as many maps and travel posters as I could find for my printouts
3. Some Washi Tape
5. Glue sticks
If available: I also had extra fandom stickers that I put out
Instructions for patrons
1. Cut out the images from the paper.
2. Write out the word Fandom Passport in front. You can also use letters cut out from a magazine.
3. Place images where you want them. I like to have pages devoted to different fandoms.
4. Place washi tape where you want it. This passport is yours so decorate and create however you envision it.
Thoughts: I really enjoyed doing this craft so I got into the spirit and got more washi tape for myself. It was super fun. One tip is to use a glue stick and not a lot of glue because you do not want your page of the passport to get super damp. The teens really liked it and were still working on it after the end time so I let them stay. I had this be an hour craft but it could be 1 ½ hours. You can also make it a Take and Make. I just put the washi tape in stripes on the paper and that worked. I did 30 craft kits as well as the in person craft.
Cindy Shutts, MLIS
Cindy is passionate about teen services. She loves dogs, pro-wrestling, Fairy tales, mythology, and of course reading. Her favorite books are The Hate U Give, Catching FIre, The Royals, and everything by Cindy Pon. She loves spending times with her dog Harry Winston and her niece and nephew. Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she’ll be joining us to talk about teen programming. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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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