Random Fandom : Pokemon

Random Fandom : Pokemon

Full disclosure upfront: I stole the title Random Fandom from a mailing list.  If you came up with that title, thank you!

The theory is that we celebrate a different fandom each month, but have activities that non-fans can participate in. This particular program was planned based on an anonymous request I had to host a Pokemon program. Besides my end of summer party this was the most successful program I’ve held since beginning this job in February; 11 teens (mostly new) showed up.

The program started with a hunt for the 15 pokeballs I’d hidden around the teen space and reference (these are right next to each other). The teen who found the most won a $1 box of candy. I was afraid this would seem too juvenile (a general worry for the whole program), but was a great gathering activity and most of them really got into.

The rest of the program was mostly the teens talking Pokemon, bragging about their cards, talking about their games . . . Seriously, I know next to nothing about Pokemon, but I loved seeing the teens geek out about it.  They also cleaned me out of my snacks.

I had planned two games and had cubeecrafts available.  They sat around the cubeecraft table and a couple of them started, but no one finished.  All were too engrossed in conversation. The games I had planned were most definitely too juvenile, though there was some minor interest no one actually played.

I am definitely looking into turning this into a Pokemon club, and I will most likely make the hunt for objects a feature of future Random Fandoms.

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Back from the Dead

It’s been six years since I updated this blog. In that time I started a new job and spent five years as the manager of a busy urban children’s department.  I loved that job.  I loved the staff and the customers. But here I am starting another new job as a smallish town teen librarian, because family is important and I love working with teens.

So I will still talk about books, some.  I also want to talk about my experience shifting focus and growing a teen department from very little.