Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Program Idea: Chocolate Study Hall

When you work with teens, you very quickly become attuned to the academic year - which means you KNOW when it's Finals Time. Your teens whine and bemoan the upcoming tests and you, as the sympathetic and fun YA Librarian, have the ultimate solution. Chocolate Study Hall!

Chocolate Study Hall is a way for teens to study (individually or in small groups) in a peaceful, stress free environment.  That just happens to be fueled by sugar!

  Here's what you'll need:

  • Chocolate candies
  • Chocolate cookies
  • Bread
  • Nutella
  • Toaster
  • Hot Chocolate packets
  • Electric kettle (or other source of hot water)
  • Alternative drinks (lemonade and water)
  • Marshmallows
  • Chocolate fountain
  • Fruit (sliced or cubed for chocolate fountain)
  • Small Plates
  • Cups
  • Tablecloth
  • Scratch paper
  • Pens & Pencils
Set up several tables into a banquet-style buffet table and cover with the table cloth. Around the room arranged single study areas as well as spaces for small groups. If you have floor pillows set them around the edges of the room. Arrange all your food on the buffet table and get your chocolate fountain going about 15 minutes before the program starts.

Running this program is as simple as opening the doors and letting the teens eat chocolate and study!