Teen Read Week
Next week it ALA's Teen Read Week the 8th-14th.
Have any Fun Ideas? Please share and i'll post early next Week
YALSA has List of 50 ideas for the week--some good some not so good but you canb be your own judge.
- 1. Extend library hours
- 2. Add lots of paperbacks to the collection
- 3. Open House with food and volunteers to explain teen activities
- 4. Set up a Suggestion Box—then post suggestions with responses
- 5. Establish a Teen Advisory Group
- 6. Design and set up a website/blog/Facebook location
- 7. Collect and post teen reviews [offer some instruction in review writing]
- 8. Amnesty Week to coincide with TRW
- 9. Sleep-in with teens reading all night, followed by breakfast
- 10. Books to Movies festival
- 11. Ask an English professor or teacher to host a 'so you want to be a writer' program
- 12. Host a book weeding party & ask teens for recommendations for new titles
- 13. Host a Skype session with a YA author
- 14. Organize a field trip to a literary landmark
- 15. Books on the bus --work with schools to offer books for teens to read to/from school
- 16. Cake Decorating Contest -- based on a YA book
- 17. Redesign a book jacket contest
- 18. Plan an Anime/Manga Character Party
- 19. Passive program: bookmark contest
- 20. Host a local author book fair
- 21. Passive program: have teens create book spine poetry
- 22. Organize a party at a location away from the library & bring the book mobile
- 23. Host a program about the creative writing process
- 24. Offer book giveaways for teens who are 'caught reading'
- 25. Visit local community centers, after school programs, etc. to hand out library cards
- 26. Organize a Late Night Library Scavenger Hunt in the YA section
- 27. Create crafts with discarded books or magazines
- 28. Hold a Teens' Top Ten announcement party
- 29. Librarian Challenge [offer something silly in exchange for # books/pages read]
- 30. Tie in with Halloween -- host a readers' theater with spooky stories
- 31. Create teen-produced Public Service Announcements about the library
- 32. Host a Mock Printz program
- 33. Family Activity—teens read to younger kids at library
- 34. Passive program: which book would you save from a fire & why?
- 35. Organize trivia contests about famous YA authors or titles
- 36. Have a Teen Space Make-Over to spruce up the teen area
- 37. Display photos of teens reading
- 38. School-wide read-in [during the day; after school; at a mall, etc.]
- 39. Host a Human Book event, where experts come & talk -- ask teens in advance which 'human books they'd most like to see
- 40. Create a bulletin board filled with book title suggestions from teens
- 41. Publish teen book reviews in the local paper
- 42. Have teens read books to kids at hospital, day care centers, etc.
- 43. Organize a paperback and/or Comic Book swap
- 44. Host an inter-generational book group
- 45. Challenge teens to create Haiku poems and share them on Twitter
- 46. Reward super readers with tickets to a local concert
- 47. Organize a book drive for service personnel overseas
- 48. Plan a radio talk show interview about teens and reading
- 49. Write an email or letter to your favorite author
- 50. Host a read-a-thon of teen authored stories & poems
Looking for some Weekend fun?
The New York State Museum is celebrating National Chemistry Day with a fun free event.
Two chemists go into a bar. The first one says "I think I'll have an H2O." The second one says "I think I'll have an H2O too" — and he died.
The day’s activities include interactive chemistry demonstrations, fun hands-on activities, experiments and door prizes. There is also a student-illustrated poetry contest. Create an illustrated poem at the event or bring yours to the Museum by noon. Categories for prizes are K–2nd; 3rd–4th; 5th–8th and 9th–12th.
New this year: Minerals Rock! Explore the Minerals of New York exhibit and hunt to find the minerals within Adirondack rocks with NYS Museum Educator Hatti Langsford.
Around the System
Here is a quick look at some of the programs coming up at our libraries--super cool.
Is you library Hiring? Let me know and I'll post your job description on the SALS JobsList.