A Very Special Teen Spa Party…in the Library!

Spa parties are one of the things that are almost universally loved. They are a great way to relax and socialize at the same time. With my local teens just finishing some grueling final exams and Valentine’s Day around the corner, I decided to have a unique version of a teen spa party as my February pop-up program.

Thus, Teen Spa-Tacular was born!


Instead of a general spa party where we did some basic stretching and tried out various products, I wanted my teens to take ownership of their products. We made our own sugar scrub and bath bombs! It was amazingly easy and very cheap. I even created a Pinterest board with all the recipes we used and several that we didn’t have the opportunity to try (check it out here). All my teens were encouraged to mix and match the sugar, oil, and scents for their sugar scrubs–along with trying out different scents and color combinations for a unique bath bomb. The coffee sugar scrub was the clear favorite though.



I used the sugar scrub jars as a branding opportunity so that the teens would remember where they made the scrub and that the library could be awesome! Then, to keep the bath bombs as simple and cheap as possible, I used plastic Easter eggs rather than buying bath bomb molds. Since the bombs needed to dry for 12-24 hours, the teens simply took home the egg to open when they were ready.

Once we were through making all our amazing spa products, we went through some simple stretches and my favorite guided meditation for relaxation. Having trouble sleeping since I was in middle school actually led to something good that I was able to share!


After we were relaxed and calm, it was time for the manicures. This was the perfect place for some library material placement. While I love book promotion as much as any other librarian, I definitely don’t believe in shoving it in every single program–especially for teen programs and especially when not every program needs book integration. However, manicures and a bucket of various nail polish colors (courtesy of one of my besties) meant that I could pull out all of our nail design books! ALL of the books I put out were used to at least find ideas and a select few were popular for figuring out techniques.


To make things even more cool, I encouraged the teens to make “book manicures.” These are essentially manicures made to match select books (whether in book themes, characters, or even simply matching the color and design of the cover). I got the idea from Nite Lite Book Reviews and her Manicure Mondays. Take a look at her amazing work for more ideas here!

zodiac book manicure

Overall, it was a great and fun-filled evening with 7 stunning teens. While you might expect all girls, you would be wrong! There was one boy–a regular of mine who just celebrated his 13th birthday and is obsessed with bath bombs. Keeping the raw materials to a minimum was mostly a money saving measure, but it actually helped the program itself by turning the creation of spa products and manicures into a communal activity. Everyone was sharing materials and helping paint their elusive dominant hand.

However, my favorite part of the evening was with a grade 10 girl who had never been to one of my programs before Spa-Tacular. Before leaving she came up to be and said, “I thought I would regret coming to this, but I regret NOTHING!”

Definitely a great warm and fuzzy moment, and I can’t wait to do this program again. I’ve even had many adults begging me to set one up for them too!

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