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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

Teen Read Pinterest Ideas

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.

Argyle looking to start a girls who code program. Long Lake knit a Scubbie with Helen--they look so fluffy. Saratoga Springs Anti-Bullying awareness workshop this weekend. Ballston Spa Book Themed Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Is you library Hiring? Let me know and I'll post your job description on the SALS JobsList.

Community Baby Shower: Smart Baby Secrets

I tested the Ball Pit--And it is super fun.

Crandall Public Library

Learn about fun, free activities and parenting hacks that will help your newborn thrive! Free gift bags, prizes, snacks and books. Hosted by Crandall Public Library, Southern Adirondack Library System, WSWHE BOCES Adult Education, and WIC of Wash., Warren, Sar. Counties.

Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

The number of homeschoolers in the nation is steadily increasing each year. Families who homeschool are often heavy library users. In this workshop, you will be provided with an overview of services, programming, and collection development to support homeschoolers in your community. You’ll learn about tools and resources that you need to reach this group of patrons and will come away from this workshop feeling ready to serve your homeschooling communities

After participating in this workshop, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the benefits of serving homeschoolers
  • learn easy steps to build a comprehensive service plan for your homeschooling communities
  • Have resources and tools easily available to help you serve your homeschooling populations
Have A nice Weekend--Jack


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