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Get Crafty: Travel Tic-Tac-Toe

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by mdevine in Crafts, Teen Services

Welcome to this month’s installment of Get Crafty:

This month, we will be making a Tic-Tac-Toe game you can take on the road when travelling or play with your friends when visiting Teen Central. There are so many creative ways to make the Travel Tic-Tac-Toe board. I will show you examples of four Travel Tic-Tac-Toe boards.

Suggested supplies you will need:








  • A metallic box like an Altoids or gift card box
  • Scrapbook paper or cardstock paper or washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Glue (either E6000 glue, hot glue gun or some strong adhesive)
  • Paint – acrylic or even nail polish works great
  • Strong magnets (either small round or strips you can cut small)
  • 10 Small pieces – buttons, beads, Scrabble letter tiles, Glass Marble Magnets or  Lucky Stars. You need 5 pieces each of the same type/color/pattern. You can use just about anything. Be creative!

Step 1: Decide if you want to have your tic tac toe board on the outside or inside your box.

Step 2: Now it’s time to get crafty and create your own designs. Use whatever supplies help you make the box and pieces that say “you”!

Here are some pictures to inspire you.

magnet-game buttons



You can use scrapbook paper and washi paper to design the inside of the box and use buttons with magnets as your pieces.

This design comes from the online magazine, Canadian Family.








You can use red craft foam glued onto the inside top of the tin and a Sharpie is used to create the tic-tac-toe board. You also could use thin washi tape to create the board. Magnets were painted black and white and when dry, the X’s and O’s were painted on the opposite color.

This design comes from the blog, Crafts4Boys.




tic tac toe Altoids tin by Amanda Coleman Epiphany Crafts blog



This box was decorated on the outside with patterned paper, washi tape and a few craft buttons.



travel tic tac toe Amanda Coleman


Inside, washi tape was used to decorate the inside of the box as well as making the tic-tac-toe board. The pieces were made from bubble caps but you can easily use Glass Marble Magnets.

This design was made by Amanda Coleman on her blog, Popper and Mimi.




tic tac toe outside


This box is decorated on the outside by glueing scrapbook paper and Scrabble craft tiles.




tic tac toe inside


The star beads used in this box do not have any magnets glued to them but if you use a really strong small magnet, you could glue them on. You can use star buttons or make Lucky Stars and attach the magnets to them with glue.

This design was made by Joanna on her blog, The Blue Barn.


Step 3: Store pieces inside the box. Place in bag or travel activity box to carry around.

Step 4: Take out and play often.


Magnetic Tic-Tac-Toe is just one of the fun games you can make using metallic boxes and magnets. Explore the Internet to find more magnetic board games to create.

Have fun and Get Crafty!


manga-me-150x150Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Get Crafty” features craft projects by Mary, a Teen Librarian at Teen Central, and is posted on the third Friday of every month.

Get Crafty: 3D Origami Lucky Stars

Posted on April 15th, 2016 by mdevine in Crafts, Teen Services

Welcome to this month’s installment of Get Crafty. How many of you love making origami items? This month, we are going to make 3D Origami Lucky Stars.

3d lucky star origami

Materials needed: Lucky star paper that comes in so many colors and textures or strips of origami paper or regular printing paper cut in strips. The bigger the paper, the bigger the star. That’s it!


Now you can start folding your paper. Sometimes it’s easier to learn how to fold the paper, especially making the knot at the beginning, by looking at a video. I found a great tutorial showing you how to create beautiful 3D Origami Lucky Stars. There is no speaking. Instead, there are captions to help you understand each step with some nice background music.

Did you ever want to know why they are they called Lucky Stars? You can learn about the story at time mark 5:51 on the video below.


For a non-video tutorial, check out the Origami-Instructions.com website for Origami Lucky Star Folding.

lucky star step one: paper folded into a knot

This picture is shows the completed Step 1 where the paper is folded into a knot.


There are so many things you can do with your completed Lucky Stars. Here are a few examples:


lucky stars in a jar

Put them in a Hello Kitty Jar or other decorative jar for yourself or to give as a gift.


origami 3d lucky star funny faces

Draw funny faces on your Lucky Stars.


diy origami lucky star picture frame

Use your Lucky Stars to decorate a picture frame or the edges of a mirror.


I hope you have as much fun as I did making the Origami 3D Lucky Stars. Enjoy!



Origami is so much fun to do. The Boston Public Library has a great collection of origami project books that you can browse, check out and take home.

Need a library card? Wondering how long you can borrow a book? Borrowing and Circulation information can be found here.

*”Get Crafty” features craft projects by Mary, a Teen Librarian at Teen Central, and is posted on the third Friday of every month.

Awesome People Reading

Posted on April 5th, 2012 by lkoenig in Books, Movies, Music, Teen Services

If you’re anything like me, sometimes all you want is to look at pages and pages of pictures of awesome people reading. Luckily for me, the Awesome People Reading Tumblr is ready and waiting! Here’s a little taste of what you’ll find there:


 Katniss reading on the set of The Hunger Games

Jimi Hendrix, reading while groovy

Ryan Gosling reads the classics

Darth Vader has excellent taste

Nelson Mandela and Michelle Obama kick back with a book

Go see who else has been cracking the covers of a good book at the Awesome People Reading Tumblr!




Mockingjay Event at Copley!

Posted on August 19th, 2010 by Anna in Books, Events

Next Tuesday, August 24th the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins is set to be released! Want to know what we’re doing for it?

The Copley Teen Room just got free giveaways and one super cool prize today and we’re ready to hand them out on Tuesday.

 But, one super cool prize can’t just be given away to any random person. We know how much everyone will want this item, so we’re going to test your knowledge of The Hunger Games with a trivia contest. The person with the most correct answers out of 51 questions will win our awesome prize.

What is the prize already???!!! I know, I know, you all want to know what it is… but I’m not going to tell you. You’ll have to come in to find out!

Remember 4pm Tuesday, August 24th in the Copley Teen Room.

If you’re not there, you’ll miss out on all the fun! And the chance to win something super cool that any super fan of Suzanne Collins would drool over. Now why would you want to miss that?