November 26, 2007
Library Program: Make Gocks!
I kept hearing that teen librarians were making gocks (aka gothic sock puppets), and wondered what the fuss was all about. Well, let me tell you, this program is hot! Usually, the same group of teens come over and over again to my events.
I even had a walk-in older male teen enter the programming room when he heard the announcement, a risky move in a roomful of teenage girls.
The program originally ran in VOYA magazine. You take ordinary socks, any pattern, although plain black or funky patterns work the best. Then, use hot glue to apply hair, googly eyes, facial features, and you have a gock.
The gothic part comes in with how you decorate. Some teens made clothes for their gocks. Others applied liberal safety pins to represent piercings or body art.
Other teens were more creative. I don't have a picture of this, but one of my teens made what she termed an "emock" (emo gock). She was very proud of his "emo tear" in one eye. I found the teens responded very enthusiastically to this. The ones that were in our Mock Printz book club brought their gocks to the next meeting to show them off. I recommend this program for any time of the year.