Library Program: Make Gocks!

Many teen librarians are hosting library programs for making gocks (aka gothic sock puppets).Well, let me tell you, this program is hot! 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.


Vivian Mahoney said…
I never would have thought teens would be into this. Thanks for opening my eyes. Very cool.