Library Programs

       Library Programs – Summer 2017

Build a Better World – Toy Invention Workshop – Youth & Teens/Tweens program
Create and build at your library this summer with toy inventor, musician & storyteller Karen Czarnik of Karen will share an entertaining song and story about creating then inspire participants to invent with her hands on program. Invention teams will have the opportunity to pitch their new toy ideas to other design teams and demonstrate why it will be the hottest toy trend next season! All building materials are provided for your library. Karen holds a U.S. patent and trademark for the invention Super Blanky® which has been spotlighted on numerous media and television segments including the Today Show. For more about her product visit

LOL – Laugh Out Loud Improv! – Tweens/Teens or Adult program
This hilariously fun program is ideal for building confidence & community in your library groups and perfect for your summer reading kickoff program or wrap up event. If you’re a fan of the TV show Who’s Line is it Anyway then you’ll love this entertaining workshop. Laugh Out Loud Improv features improvisational theatre games and comedy skits to help build confidence, tickle funny bones and stretch imaginations. Storyteller and seasoned performer Karen Czarnik of provides an opportunity for participants to learn about ensemble performance skills, improvisation, and comedic acting. No experience needed; just imagination & willingness to play!

Build a Better World – Upcycling with Teelightful Teesigns – Tweens/Teens or Adult program
Join the maker movement at your library with upcycle artist Karen Czarnik. Participants will learn how to transform tee shirts into something new in this no sew workshop. Just a few of the options include upcycled dog toys, cape and mask, tee shirt scarf, tote bag, bracelets, skirt, belt, water bottle carrier, and much more. Each participant should bring    2 – 3 old tee shirts to work with. Any color, shape, condition or size of tee shirt will do. Extra tee shirts, fabric scissors, professional roller cutter, cutting mat, and all supplies needed for this activity will be provided. This popular workshop is ideal for libraries looking to offer a creative, hands on, maker style program.

Tweens, Teens or Adult program – RED Thread Stories                                           Life…Alive, Spoken and True.  Tell your Story!

You’ve heard of Poetry Slams right? Well, join the latest craze in spoken work with Story Slams. Everyone’s got a story to tell and Karen will help participants find their story. Come share your tale of woe, wisdom, humor, tragedy, or triumph. The 1st portion of our program begins with story coaching by Karen Bonnici Czarnik, professional storyteller, creator and producer of the successful story slam series RED Thread Stories. During the 2nd portion of the program our volunteer storytellers will present their stories on stage in front of the group.

Not everyone needs to tell their story to participate. Storytelling needs listeners. The listening audience, however, will be encouraged to recall and sketch out a story during the first portion of the program.

Our story slam winner receives the coveted RED Thread Stories award!

Story Slam Rules:  1. Stories must be 5 minutes or less.  2. Stories must be true events that the storyteller witnessed and participated in.  3. Stories cannot include props, scenery, puppets, bells and whistles.  Just a straight up story!  4. The story must follow one or two specific themes that will be chosen by the library.  Possible themes include: On Fire, The Scoop, Close Call, Awakened, Coaxed & Coerced, Brainwashed, Superstitious, The Edge, and Shut Down are some examples.

Judges from library staff will be needed for our RED Thread Story Slam.





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