So I’ve had a couple months to get my ideas together and bounce them off my incredible staff members @justinthelibrarian and Lee Hope to find out what’s doable, what’s fun and what would drive them bonkers and needs to be dropped. Here’s where things stand:
The Cardboard Fear Simulator: They both loved this idea! In fact, Justin went the following week to talk to a local manufacturing company about saving us as many large cardboard boxes as possible. They said they do that all the time and they’d be happy to reserve their boxes for us until Spring for free. In fact, they’ll even drop them off for us! AMAZING! I’ll be getting fun sensory materials to put inside, foam, ripped paper, bubble wrap, sponges, etc. Depending on which path they take they’ll be sorted into different factions. As they emerge they’ll receive a button stating which faction they now belong to. If they get too scared and go back to the beginning they’ll be dubbed “Factionless” and receive that button!
Giant Foam Pit w/ Pictures: I decided it was a bit unrealistic to start with a foam pit for my first project (someday, my pretty) but I did figure out how to get the whole jumping off a building shot thing. We’ve recently installed a photo booth on the 2nd floor (Check it out here!) and in talking with our incredible Tech staff we’re going to do a green screen backdrop and have kids jump while we take their photos. The buildings will be super imposed in the background and voila! Base jumping shots from the comfort of your library that are instantly uploaded to our Phothobooth’s own Instagram Page.
Temporary Tattoo Station: We got our Silhouette Cameo up and running and will be getting some tattoo paper to print the tattoos off with, this should be fairly straight forward and because we’re printing them ourselves we can make them nice and big!
Crazy Dystopian Hair Station/Hair Chalking: I’m going to be reaching out to a local beauty school to see if their hair students would be willing to come for an hour and just give crazy hairstyles to the teens. Luckily a staff member has a connection to one local school but there are many we could reach out to. It could be a great chance for these students to add some more unique work to their portfolios!
We’ll be purchasing the hair chalk supplies this week and doing test runs with kids at our next Focus Group which should be a ton of fun!
Also, I’ve got some new ideas to add in:
Giveaways: I want to give away a couple of the trilogies of the books that night as well as tickets for the movie since we’ll be hosting the event the Friday that the movie opens, March 21st. Since we probably won’t have enough tickets and books for everyone, we’ll also have ARCs to giveaway and I’ll be 3D printing some kind of Ferris Wheel items for everyone to take home.
Trailer/Munchies: We’ll have the trailer/s looping on one of the walls with our popcorn machine out so kids can watch it and munch away… I’m even going to try and make Amity Bags to hold the popcorn so our look is authentic.
I’m getting really excited, this plan is coming together nicely, I have a ton of support and I can’t wait to finally host my first big event here at CPL! Feel free to share whatever you’re going to do in the comments, I’d love to talk to other people hosting something like this!