“Will Work for Candy”
Sometimes it can be hard to get teens excited about coming to the library. Class
visits or any large group of teens can be particularly difficult. One way to get the
teens excited is to start your visit with a game and some candy. Teens love food
and everyone loves to be rewarded when they answer a question correctly. So
go buy a couple bags of mini candy and play some games:
Who Wants to Win a Candy Bar: Based on the popular game show
“Who wants to be a millionaire” This game uses pop culture trivia questions and
easy props. You can tailor your questions to be relevant to a holiday or theme.
You start the game by asking a question that everyone should be able to answer.
The person who is able to answer the question first and correctly becomes the
contestant. From there you ask a series of increasingly difficult questions. This is
where you can tailor the game for your purpose. You can make up questions on
just about anything: pop culture, general trivia, a presentation that you are giving
or any other themes.
The contestant has all the same lifelines as in the original show (ask the
audience, phone a friend, and 50/50). You can make easy props (a cardboard
phone, foam poll the audience sign, etc). After each correct question the
contestant is given a small piece of candy, from there they have a choice to keep
their candy and quit or risk their candy for the big prize (a large candy bar). The
teens love the cheesy props and really get into the questions. This is a fun game
that is popular with everyone.
Hangman- This works best if it is a class you have already worked
with. I use book titles that I book talked the week before as the words. Since they
are playing collectively, I let the teens take turns guessing the letters. Because
they are generally books that someone checked out the last time, it doesn’t take
long for the group to guess the title, but the teens love it. Give them candy every
time a letter is revealed correctly and a couple pieces to the person who deduces
Flipping the Book Talk- After I give a few book talks, I ask the kids to tell
me about a great book they read last time and what makes it so wonderful. It is a
great chance for them to learn to summarize a book on the spot and describe its
attributes. Not surprising is that teens love to talk about good books as much as
we do. Give a piece of candy for every book discussed.
created by Rainey Wyatt