The kids read, they weighed-in and they voted. They got exactly what they wanted. A totally ninja-themed end-of-summer party.
For some reason, I had imagined that hosting a ninja party would be a cinch. I'd planned on hitting the 99 cent store or perhaps a party goods store, going straight to the "ninja" aisle, and picking out a bunch of decorations to purchase with a donation from the library Friends' group. Alas, it was not to be so. I went to at least four different stores, and found absolutely nothing. Well, ninjas are supposed to be stealthy... I did find quite a lot of pirate decorations, though. I found Spongebob Squarepants dressed as a pirate, Mickey Mouse dressed as a pirate, sports pirates, sea pirates, party pirates. Pirates, apparently, do not lie low.
In the end I lit upon a far cheaper option than purchasing decorations... I printed out some ninja pictures from the internet and hung them up. I added some red and black crepe paper we had lying around. I think the black was left over from a black and orange set from Halloween, and the red came from a former Valentine's Day celebration.
I printed out the large ninja on the left using the rasterbator site. It creates an enlarged multi-page version of whichever image you upload. I created the flag of Japan by using an old poster. First, I hung it up with the plain back of the poster showing. Then I added a red construction paper circle. Easy.
We had the favorite food of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: pizza. And I handed out free paperback books (donated by the publisher) to all the kids who participated in the Read-a-Ton challenge this year.
I can hardly believe this was all only a week or so ago. The start of the school year is just around the corner. And! I'm now at a different branch! (but more about that in a later post...)