So we’ve been struggling with an idea for the 2018 SRP theme of “Libraries Rock.” I came up with a really simple idea. Our tweens and teens will be reshooting famous album covers around the library.
To get kids inspired, I’ll be printing out a bunch of pre-approved album covers the kids can recreate, my thoughts being:
A) Album covers can get kinda of risque.
B) Kids today may not know what an album cover looks like.
Since nearly all album art is perfectly square, I’m planning on handing out a bunch of our iPads (or they can use their phones) and having them take photos with the “Square” setting. That way they obviously come out perfect and there will be no need to crop anything.
I’m also bringing my costume box so kids can dress up with what we have available. We’ll also have some cardboard and crafting materials, so kids can make props if they need to.
I think we’re going to start off by lining up to recreate the Beatles “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts” album cover. After that, we’ll set the kids loose in the library to work on their own covers, either in groups or on their own. Tweens will be able to pick something not on the list, but it would have to be approved by a librarian before shooting. When they’re done, I think I’ll need their parents or guardian to sign a basic release so we can display them in the library and online. I’ll then compile all the photos and add the wording to make them look more like the actual album covers. They can come by and pick up the finished photo in a few days!!! I think I have a few dummy CD cases I can put some of these photos in for added effect.
If you don’t want to make it into an actual event hosted by the library, you could also try making it a passive event/contest throughout the summer that your kiddos can participate in.
Here’s a list I came up with of famous album covers that would be doable in a library setting AND are also clean enough to do in a library:
Beatles “Abbey Road”
Beatles “Please Please Me”
Beatles “With the Beatles”
Clash “London Calling”
David Bowie “Heroes”
Fugees “The Score”
Imagine Dragons “Smoke + Mirrors”
J T “The 20/20 Experience”
Lady Gaga “The Fame”
N’Sync “No Strings Attached”
N.W.A. “Straight Outta Compton”
Oasis “Definitely Maybe”
Patti Smith “Horses”
Queen “Queen II”
Smashing Pumpkins “Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”
Weezer “Blue Album”
Still developing this idea–so make sure to come back!!