High School Musical

This morning on NPR’s Morning Edition there was a segment on High School Musical, which continues to be popular with tweens and teens. The segment reporter talked about the popularity of the movie – and its numerous offshoots – and he also highlighted the performances of the story that are taking place in middle schools and high schools around the country. One middle school reported an overwhelming number of students that auditioned to be in the musical and one 8th grader at the school talked about how the story of High School Musical resonates with her and her peers.

While the excitement over something like High School Musical can’t be planned for – who knew that it was going to be the hit that it is before it aired – libraries can start thinking about ways they might celebrate the release of the sequel with teens. What about asking teens if they are interested in getting the High School Musical karaoke disc for the library and having a High School Musical sing-along? Since tweens are also hooked on High School Musical, maybe teens in the community want to teach tweens the musical’s dance routines at the library. Or, maybe teens want to create YouTube videos of dance routines they produce based on High School Musical. What are the ideas that your teens have to celebrate High School Musical in your community and to get ready for the sequel’s release.

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Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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