Programming revolving around books isn’t a new idea. We’ve been doing it for years, they’re called book discussions. Take it a step further by turning the content of a book into your program. The following is a list of books and ideas for programming that go with it. This list is in no way comprehensive as there is no limit to a librarian’s creativity.
Having trouble getting the boys into the library…fret no more! The grosser the program the crazier the boys go for it. The book is divided into two sections: disgusting nature and disgusting humans. Many of the topics from the disgusting nature section can be seen in nature documentaries and online videos. Have a couple videos queued for display. For instance the Tarantula Hawk Wasp is shown in this video attacking a tarantula, paralyzing it and dragging it into her hole where she will lay her eggs on it allowing her babies a fresh food supply when they hatch. The spider is alive the whole time. My favorite chapter in the disgusting humans section is on “Civet Coffee” (Kopi Luwak) which is made from the coffee beans of the fruit that the Civet Cat eats. After passing the coffee beans they are collected and ground into coffee at the price of $160 a pound or up to $80 a cup in a cafe. Ahh, to be rich and drink sh… Do you know where your coffee comes from?
OK, so this program might be dangerous. Correction, this program WILL be dangerous. Packed with 126 attack, defense, counter-measures, and counter-counter measures, Bro-Jitsu is a survival guide for growing up a sibling. Treat this class like you would a beginner Yoga class. Make sure that each participant has their own space (you know, to avoid getting blood on the carpet). Run them through some of the more fun moves and then release them upon their unsuspecting families.
There are cool books to get idea for programming and then there are awesome books that you just rip-off wholesale and do an entire years worth of programs. The Mini-Weapons of Mass Destruction is that series. Our library had a huge hit with our Bad Boys Crafting Club in which we armed the youth of our town and send them on their way. The projects range from catapults (from Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and clothes pins) to double-barrel rubber band shooters. After the teens have made the project set up an area with targets for shooting practice. Be warned that some of these weapons work extremely well.