Libraries all over the world offer anime clubs and the benefits are endless. As a library worker, you are offering a space for teens with similar interests to meet and create new friendships. Anime clubs provide opportunities to provide unique cultural experiences while never leaving town. Anime clubs can also lead to other programs such as drawing, cooking, and using cosplay as a STEAM activity.
In the beginning, offering a monthly anime club was difficult because we were novices to this world. We began by checking our circ stats to discover the most popular mangas and used those titles as themes. Once we had a dedicated group of teens, we allowed them to facilitate their club and we offered support such as purchasing supplies and assisting with setup/clean up. By allowing the teens to take over the club, they gained confidence and as a result the club grew in attendance and enrichment.
Below you will find a list of our most popular themes and activities.
Sailor Moon-This was our most popular meeting. The teens watched Sailor Moon and made t-shirts using stencils and bleach. We purchased a Crunchyroll membership with our Apple TV but you can purchase Crunchyroll online.
Pokemon-We hosted Pokemon several months before Pokemon Go but this was also an extremely popular theme. Activities included a Pikachu ear craft, mini Pokemon tourneys, and Pokerap karaoke.
Studio Ghibli Movie Marathon-Teens tried Ramune and mochi ice cream while watching anime.
Dragonball Z-Teens learned how to make bobo tea and we had a scavenger hunt. Someone hid a Dragon Ball while everyone watched the Superman vs. Goku video. Continue reading Anime Club