Had any library patrons peeked into the windows of the Scott Township Library last Friday morning, they would have been shocked by the scene unfolding before them: librarians ripping up perfectly good magazines, eating gooey chocolate cucakes and using gluesticks with reckless abandon. Have they gone mad?
All this anarchy was part of Punk Rock Scrapbooking, a continuing education worskhop instructed by Shannon McNeill of Scott Township Library. After seeing her teens have such a fabulous time at her Punk Rock Scrapbooking programs, Shannon wanted to share the craft with other librarians in the county. And share they did! For two hours, a group of ten youth services and/or teen librarians tore, folded, cut, and plastered images of all sizes to create collages reflective of their personalities.
A few factors separate Punk Rock Scrapbooking (PRS) from more traditional forms of scrapbooking. For one, it's more cost efficient. Instead of a fancy scrapbooking album, Shannon explained, PRS uses a cheap-o lined notebook, which can be found for next to nothing during back-to-school time. In lieu of photos and scrapbooking tchochkes that cost an arm and a leg at the craft store, the PRS method calls for discarded magazines or other scraps with visual interest. Shannon also recommends trolling the clearance bins at Big Lots and the dollar stores for random craft supplies that can be used on the pages.
It soon becomes apparent what makes this craft so punk rock-ish: there are no rules! Punk rock music embraces a very DIY spirit. Think of the original punk rockers with their safety-pinned and torn up clothes, their handmade, photocopied 'zines and their general anti-establishment take on life. As we all know, the best kinds of art projects for teens and children are those that allow for personal expression. As much as we love organized crafts where everyone glues on their googly eyes in the same place at the same time, sometimes it's fun to break lose and ROCK OUT with freestyle crafting!
To keep the Punk Rock Scrapbooking going, Shannon suggested that participants be encouraged to swap notebooks at school. For example, a teen named Madison might make a page about herself, then pass along the notebook to her BFF Brittany who would then go home and make a page about herself, then she'd pass it along to Taylor who would make a page about herself. The possibilities for collaboration and social interaction are endless! As an added bonus: Punk Rock Scrapbooking is a great excuse to look at pictures of Zac Efron!