COGANO (Chill Out, Get Artsy, Nerd On)

We borrowed the HOMAGO model from the Chicago Public Libraries and created COGANO.  It has a similar mission which is to provide a space for teens to explore technology, art, or just to socialize.

We provided Wii gaming, iPads, guitars, cameras, and art supplies.  We also had a main activity for the day.  Teens were encouraged to explore and/or participate in the main activity.

COGANO began as our 5-part summer reading club program series.  Over 110 teens participated in COGANO and because of the success, we will continue to do COGANO throughout the year.

Week 1-Comic Jam 

The main activity was comic book creating.  We supplied paper and comic creation apps.

Week 2- Tee Party

The main activity was spray painting but the forecast called for rain so we tie dyed instead.

Week 3-Stove Free Baking

The main activity was baking.  Teens rotated to three stations where they learned how to make cake in the microwave, they learned how to make mini desserts, and they learned frosting techniques.  The mini desserts included: Oreo truffles, chocolate lasagna, and Oreo cheesecakes.

Click here to see the recipes.

Week 4-Battle Royale

Teens visited four stations: marshmallow shooter, Q-Tip launcher, and 2 catapults.  All ideas, with the exception of the marshmallow shooter, came from the book-Weapons of Mass Destruction: Mini Weapons.

Week 5- Maker Faire

The activities were spread out among various tables and they included: junk bots, Legos, locker crafts, and jewelry.

Special Activity: Stop Motion-October

We used the app, iStop Motion on our iPads.  Teens were given a quick tutorial on how to use the app and then they were let loose into the library for 45 minutes to make their films.  We then watched the films in a film festival style setting.  Click “Stop Motion Films” to view the projects.

Stop Motion Films

Special Activity: Minecraft-November

This was our first venture into Minecraft.  Since my colleague and I are noobs, we had a teen regular run the program.

32 Teens; $62 ($26 for the Minecraft account, $26 prizes $10 on snacks)

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