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Our Review

The Guide to Teen Craft Projects claims to "engage in the hottest DIY way of life" and with advice from the hip librarians, you can learn a variety of classic craft projects. This book is more traditional than the other craft books we review, with crafts like collage and pressing leaves.

There are the obvious classics, like picture marbles and vinyl totes, but I particularly love the Woven Paper Baskets which are a great way of repurposing old magazines and providing some handy storage. Aiming for low-cost projects that recycle and repurpose unwanted materials, the book includes a dozen step-by-step projects for you to try at home.

You can pick up a copy from the American Library Association now.

Publisher's Description

It's not your grandmother's crafting projects! Instead, hip librarians as well as their teen patrons can engage in the hottest new DIY way of life, recycling everything from discarded books to Altoids tins. Getting hands-on and making the coolest crafts can be a way to encourage teens' individuality and growing sense of self. Whether projects are used for teen programs, to decorate the library's public teen space, or for a personal style statement, these are cutting-edge, must-do celebrations of creativity and innovation from two book- and library-loving crafters.

Reflecting the true style and personality of hipster YA librarians and the teens they serve, this practical guide

# Offers detailed step-by-step instructions for a dozen unique craft items
# Provides one-page reproducible how-to handouts for each craft project
# Illustrates each step with photos
# Outlines tools and materials lists for smooth-running craft programs
# Is supplemented by the authors online resources, including a blog

The authors' focus on recycled no-cost and low-cost materials addresses most libraries' budget constraints. These craft sessions offer a unique way for teens to claim their identities and gain confidence at the library!