Batman at the Library

Last week marked the 75th anniversary of our favorite caped crusader Batman! We were not planning anything special for our library until we started getting lots of random phone calls. The mystery calls were in regards to a program that we apparently were having on Saturday. Imagine our surprise when after a bit of research, we found out that DC comics had posted the event on their website. It turns out that when our Youth Services manager had requested a Batman promo box from Random House and DC, she had unknowingly signed us up for a program. We found this out the Wednesday before the program, which left us 3 days to quickly put together a program.

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Batman checks out the latest graphic novel

Thankfully I work with an amazing group and through teamwork and bouts of crazy brainstorming (maybe a tad bit of panic), we came up with a killer program. Our manager also managed to find a wonderful gentleman that dresses as Batman for events and outreach at local hospitals. He agreed to come for an hour to surprise our little fans and pose for photo ops. Our event brought in over 100 people in just a few hours. It was pretty awesome! Go like his page at: Springfield Batman

This was our program layout:

For adults and teens we had a panel lead by Andy Thompson (YS managers Mister)  and Larry Litle (Creator of the GeekyKool website). They discussed the movies, books, and shows that have made the dark knight a fixture in modern geek culture. The Comic Cave  here in town provided cool posters for giveaways. Thank you!!

For kids we had a room full of games, freebies, and shows to watch. I echo my supervisor when I say I wish we had gotten a bigger room!! It was pretty packed! Here are our games and ideas: (If you are interested in a copy of the Riddle and Villain scavenger hunts please comment and I will be happy to share)

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The Riddler Strikes again: With the help of several riddle savvy staff I made a list of 6 clues and hid them around the library. The kids would read the clue, search for green paper squares with big black question marks all over the library, and then bring it all back for a prize.

Villain Scavenger Hunt: This was lots of fun to put together. With the help of Esther in the Youth Services office and my wordsmith Hubby, we created a pretty challenging scavenger hunt. I printed off pictures of villains and hung them up all over the library. It was also a ploy to show people some of the things that they might not visit. Fun and educational!

Easy Villain word puzzle:  This was for the little guys. I put two clip art clues that made up the name of a villain. For example: a bottle of poison and an ivy plant = Poison Ivy

Villain Shooting gallery: This was reused from the Star Wars program. We stacked up giant foam blocks and taped villains to them. Then the kids lined up to shoot them with Nerf guns. This was very popular!

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Toss the Batarangs: We used our die-cut machine to make some cardboard bats and then painted them black. The kids tossed them into black and boxes that had the joker inside. This one was okay… most of the batarangs disappeared early on and there really wasn’t enough room for kids to play.

 

Crafts and word games: We also had a variety of batman crafts for kids to try that we found on the web. We also had a few more word puzzles and whatnot to keep everyone entertained.

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Giveaways– Random House provided a box with buttons, posters, bat-masks, bags, and bookmarks for giveaways. The Comic Cave provided extra posters, buttons, and a few action figures for additional prizes.

All in all, it was a well attended program. We had lots of really happy kids and excited parents. Next year we will be moving this to a bigger room! The pictures below show some of the excitement from the day. If you have not had a performer or costumer at your library I highly recommend it. They are a huge draw and everyone that we have had attend have been wonderful with our patrons. Springfield Batman went above the call of duty and made lots of little kids super happy!

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Now you know what Batman reads!

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I got to dress as Batgirl. Excuse the slightly frazzled look!

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Batman rides the turtle!

DIY- Star Wars Fighter Pod Earrings

I just finished an earring tutorial on my other site GeekyKool.com. I decided it would be fun to post it here as well. FYI- I am doing an giveaway on Geeky Kool for a pair of Stormtrooper earrings, so when you are done here head on over for a chance to win! (Enter here)

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I love finding a good deal, especially when it can be used for a geeky craft project. I saw these tiny little plastic Star Wars characters at a friends desk a few months back and instantly thought “craft project”! Star Wars Fighter pods are these tiny one inch figures that come in mystery bags with a clear pod. You get two figures and a pod for $3.99. They are a spinning game where you place the figure either inside or outside the pod and use it to knock over your opponents fighters. See video commercial here and here.

Instead of paying $3.99, I went to my favorite markdown store called Tuesday Morning. They have these little dudes for 99 cents a pack! Major score! The Mister and I went a bit crazy in the car opening all the bags to see which figures we got. He was super excited about Boba Fett and Chewie. I was excited that they all weren’t the same thing! I ended up buying 20 packs.. don’t judge me. It was a really good deal. I even got a Han Solo in carbonite!

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What you need:

  • Star Wars fighter pod figures Depending on where you find them (Wal-Mart, Toy R Us, Walgreens, or discount)  they are 99 cent to $3.99 a pack. Or if you are lucky and have kids, steal their duplicate figures!
  • Testors Cement for Plastic Models– Wal-Mart or craft stores like Michaels will carry it. ($3-6) Make sure you get the package with the precision tips. Superglue also works well and is cheaper.
  • Earring wires– Wal-Mart or craft stores have these in multi packs.  ($2) Or take apart an old pair of earrings that you hate and use those wires.
  • Eye Pins– Wal- Mart or craft stores (around $2)
  • Needle Nose pliers and a needle

Total cost– It depends on what you have on hand. ($5-10)

Difficulty level- *** (the use of a needle and the sealer means adult supervision needed)

**Click on the photos to see more detail**

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Step 1– Choose your figures. I decided to go with Boba Fett since he is everyone’s favorite bounty hunter! Next, trim your eye pins to a half an inch. You can use the needle to start a hole in the top of the figure. Trust me these things are tough and I bent a few eye pins trying to force them through by hand.

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Step two- Coat your eye pins in glue. This help keep it in the figure. You could skip this step because I found that the plastic grips the pin really tight even without glue. It would take some major pulling to yank them off. I just like to be extra sure that Boba doesn’t ignite his jet pack and take off!

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Step 3- Use the pliers to shove the pin into the hole that you started. Don’t worry about the glue that builds up at the top. It dries clear and you can barely see it. Let it dry a bit and meditate on the coolness of the Fett!

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Step 4- Add your earring wires. Open the wires and slip on your figure. Use the wires to clamp down the loop. That’s it! You are finished. These are really really cool. They are also light weight so you won’t be dragging the earlobes down.

Here is another pair that I made using a Chewie and a Han in Carbonite. Who says that earrings have to match?

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Remember the awesome lightsaber earrings I did on Geeky Kool a few months back? Use one of your lightsabers and add a figure for a really cool necklace! I went Sith and made a Darth Vader necklace with a red lightsaber. I used a shot bead chain and some jump rings to extend my charms. I plan on wearing this on days that I have to send out overdue slips in the library. “I find your lack of book returns disturbing.”

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Want a pair of earrings for you, your favorite Princess, or as a gift to that special girl on Tatooine? I am giving away a pair of Stormtrooper earrings. They are holding blasters, but don’t worry they can’t seem to hit the broad side of a Rebel fighter! Head on over to Geeky Kool for your chance to win!

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DIY- Comic book craft stick puzzle

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Head over to Geeky Kool for my tutorial on comic book craft stick puzzles. This is a very easy craft that is perfect for the little guys. Geeky Kool is a local website that I contribute to. I have a few other tutorials under my name that you might like. We always have movie and book reviews posted daily with lots of other fun stuff. Check it out!!

http://geekykool.com/diy-craft-stick-comic-book-puzzle/

A geeky interview with weelittlestitches

I write for a blog called Geeky Kool and this week I had the chance to interview my favorite Etsy cross stitch group weelittlestitches. They specialize in all kinds of fun patterns from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings. Each pattern can be downloaded immediately upon purchase and the instructions are super easy to follow. If you have the stitching bug like I do, I encourage you to check them out and hear about how they got started.

A crafty interview with weelittlestitches:

http://geekykool.com/a-crafty-interview-with-weelittlestitches/

Blog for weelittlestitches:

http://weelittlestitchescrossstitch.blogspot.com/

Happy stitching!

VEB