Candy Chang and Thoughts on Creative Teen Library Programmes

2 Mar

Image by Candy Chang ( from her I Wish This Was project.

I can’t help but look at this low-tech art project that uses stickers for creative revitalisation of urban areas and see a potentially awesome teen project. As David Gauntlett said, stickers are the most democratic social medium.

I can picture the project so well: arm teenagers with stickers, and encourage them write and stick them all over the library, or the neighborhood, or the town. There’s a certain innovation that quick, uncensored projects like this can give a person. Encouraging that kind of inspired thinking (limited medium, unlimited use), is what libraries do.

Of course, librarians would have to consider things like whether the stickers peeled off easily, and set parameters to prevent permanent unwanted sticker damage.

The purpose of this post isn’t really to push the brilliance of stickers. Instead I’m ruminating on the types of unusual, creative projects that we can do to inspire teens. Projects that cost little and mean a great deal.

Does anyone have any other ideas for a similar project? Comment below, and let me know.


3 Responses to “Candy Chang and Thoughts on Creative Teen Library Programmes”

  1. Emma @ Asamum March 2, 2011 at 09:21 #

    Unfortunately there are a few pupils that will push the boundaries where stickers are concerned. Damaging other students art work and sticking them on other pupils who are unaware of it.
    I am the voice of experience lol

    • Young Adult Library Services UK March 2, 2011 at 09:26 #

      Hah. Yes. One of my first thoughts on this was that if libraries did a project with stickers they’d have to get stickers that are like reusable/removable tape, i.e. with an adhesive that won’t damage surfaces!

      As for sticking them on other people… I know adults who’d do that too! (Tsk!)

  2. Kateri March 3, 2011 at 16:53 #

    Post-its (or other non-branded sticky notes)are the way round this.

    They can write on them, stick them up and no damage is done. The BBC Headroom campagin had an idea of using them on their posters to stick ‘what makes you happy’ post-it’s on.

    It worked well I left a pile of post-its and pen and they wrote and stuck. I checked what they’d put up once they headed off and took down inappropriate comments.

    You can even print your own post-it’s if you really wanted a theme like the name badge look of the sticker in the photo.

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