Tween Programming–Album Art Photo Contest (“Libraries Rock” SRP 2018)

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.

London Calling at the Library.jpg

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 kind of risque.
B) Kids today may not know what an album cover looks like.

Straight Outta Storytime.jpg

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.

Springsteen in the Library.jpg

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.

Heroes at the Library

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!!!  You can put them in dummy CD cases for added effect–the dimensions are 4.75″ x 4.75″ if you’re interested.

Clash CD


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:

Adele “21”
Backstreet Boys “Millennium”
Beatles “Abbey Road”
Beatles “Help!”
Beatles “Please Please Me”
Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Beatles “With the Beatles”
Clash “London Calling”
David Bowie “Aladdin Sane”
David Bowie “Heroes”
Fugees “The Score”
Justin Timberlake “The 20/20 Experience”
Lady Gaga “The Fame”
Michael Jackson “Bad”
Moby “Hotel”
Moby “Play”
N’Sync “No Strings Attached”
N.W.A.  “Straight Outta Compton”
Oasis “Definitely Maybe”
Oasis “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”
Patti Smith  “Horses”
Pet Shop Boys “Actually”
Queen “Queen II”
Ramones “Ramones”
Smashing Pumpkins “Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”
Weezer “Blue Album”

5 thoughts on “Tween Programming–Album Art Photo Contest (“Libraries Rock” SRP 2018)

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  1. Would you mind if we used your “Straight Outta Storytime” image just for in-house promotion of our summer storytime? It is awesome!


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