This blog post came to my attention in a roundabout way and I’m glad it did. It’s about a teen workshop supposedly from the Jericho Public Library on Long Island. I say supposedly only because it doesn’t say the name of the library on the picture of the flyer and I can’t verify it on the Jericho library website. It’s not on their calendar of events, nor is it on their teen programs flyer. Unfortunately, the teen program flyer is for March / April, so it’s not much help in general. However, it’s a pity that I’ve already missed the class on scrapbooking and the Rock Band 2 event, not to mention "Anything in a Blanket." The description: "Not just pigs anymore – what else can you put in a blanket and eat?" The possible answers beggar the imagination.
But anyway, here’s the description of the workshop: "Graffiti has tagged everything — subways, walls, cars & more. Now its your turn to create graffiti." I’m also a little suspicious about the lack of an exclamation point at the end. Maybe you can show up Wednesday July 8th and take the workshop, though. I’ll be busy preparing for ALA, or I’d find a way to make it there.
When a lot of libraries are hurting for funds and closing around the country, it’s nice to know that the Jericho library has time for frivolities like this. It’s also helpful for the community, because with an estimated median income of $126,486 and a median house or condo value of $825,236, Jericho probably doesn’t have enough graffiti. These suburbanites don’t know what they’re missing, but they will once the teens of Jericho go forth from the library skilled in the art form of urban blight.
The blogger speculates on other possible classes, but I don’t think she goes far enough. "How to TP your neighbor’s Trees" is just still so…suburban. Maybe that’s what folks do out in the sticks of Long Island, but graffiti – that’s big city stuff, and if the library wants to move on up, they really need to work harder. How about these workshops?
"Annoy people while pretending to clean their windows! Nothing say FUN like a squeegee man!"
"Get people to leave you alone by walking quickly while gesturing wildly and intensely talking to yourself."
"Panhandling – it’s not for the homeless anymore!"
"Hey, teens! Need a creative way to pass the time and pick up some extra money? With a switch-blade knife and a can-do attitude, the library will show you how!"
"Girls, turn those tight skirts and willing hands into profits – just like teens in the big city!"
"Boosting cars looks really cool when Nicholas Cage does it."
"Don’t waste that enormous allowance on shoes and booze. Increase it through loansharking!"
"Trashy streets will shake those suburban blues!"
"Public urination has tagged everything — subways, walls, cars & more. Now it’s your turn."
These are just a few workshops they could offer at the Jericho library. The teen librarian probably couldn’t help with all of these, but they have some experts in the City who might be willing to come out there for a price. Feel free to offer more suggestions to help out the teen librarians out there.