Haunted House

October 3 – October 25, 2014

~35 volunteers

428 visitors

A large-scale, long-time tradition for our library.  The teen volunteers, other librarians, staff members and I develop and execute a haunted house in the community rooms for a large audience, mostly young children and their parents.

It’s a huge undertaking.  I lost a lot of sleep over this, but I think next year, it’ll be a lot better, since I’ll have had the experience.  I had a great time working with my teens and they were very well-behaved.

We decided that our haunted house would be UFO-themed with a crash site and an alien autopsy.  I was surprised that the kids would want to go a sci-fi route at first, for a haunted house, but it totally worked.  They were also interested in doing an Underworld-themed haunted house; some kids were very interested in doing a Christian-based Underworld, but I basically told them that we would either do a Greek-themed Underworld.  I think a Christian-based Underworld/Hell would have been kind of a tough sell for my director and probably would have been unnecessarily controversial.

Next year, I’d want to come up with a list of themes and have the kids votes on those ideas, so I could plan for the haunted house in advanced.  It was very difficult trying to coordinate ideas without having any idea what I would be doing beforehand.

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Library Lock-In

Friday, July 1, 2014.

~85 teens attended

So this is a huge yearly program that is very popular in town.  We regularly have 80+ kids attending.

Since this happened a while ago, I won’t really go into significant details.  It’s probably the largest scale single night program that we do.  It’s a fun night for teens, where they come to the library after we close and they stay until midnight.  We have games, snacks, movies, crafts, karaoke.

In the future, I’d try to figure out a better way to wind down the whole program.  We usually play a movie as we corral the kids at the end of the night, but it’s always kind of dud, since they’re already keyed up on ice cream and candy and won’t pay attention to the movie.

Before I started working, they tried to hire a DJ to refocus their energy.  Apparently, it was very awkward and probably worse than the movie.  I could see that, since it’s a bunch of 6 – 12th graders, who didn’t sign up for a school dance.