Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens

Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens by Linda Alexander and Nahyun Kwon was recently published by the American Library Association under YALSA. I had the opportunity to conduct an email interview with Linda regarding the book and the issues it addresses. Continue reading Multicultural Programs for Tweens and Teens

Register for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge!

Maybe you don’t know who the Bella Twins are, or think that the only person who goes by the moniker “Edge” is a the guitarist for U2, but chances are you have young adult patrons who are fans of WWE’s WrestleMania and know that the Bella Twins are a WWE tag team, and Edge won Royal Rumble 2010!’  That’s why you should register for YALSA’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge!

Other reasons you should register:

  • You get free posters and bookmarks!
  • One of your patrons/students could win a trip to Atlanta to see WrestleMania live!
  • Your library could win free books or $2,000!
  • It is a great tie-in to Teen Read Week!
  • You can reach reluctant readers you might otherwise not reach!

The WrestleMania Reading Challenge is really a great opportunity to reach out to the the reluctant readers and patrons you might not see as often. ‘ Bambi Mansfield, a library director in Michigan, found that participating in the Challenge brought new users into her library.

You must register by July 31st’ ‘ to participate in the Challenge, so the clock is ticking! ‘ The Challenge is open to patrons in grades 5 through 12. ‘ The commitment, length, and rules have changed this year, so if you participated in the past and felt it was too difficult, please reconsider.
It is free, and we will provide a toolkit and wiki with lots of ideas to implement the program. ‘ You can put forth as little or as much effort as you have the time, and you do not need to have an interest in wrestling to run it.

More information and the link to register can be found at YALSA’s website.’  If you have questions, we are more than happy to assist, or you can contact YALSA directly.

If you have participated before, please share your experience in the comments.

Good luck!

Poetry Programming Success – do it yourself

Each year, I try to drum up interest in poetry by creating displays and talking to teachers about National Poetry Month. The displays have sort of worked (one teacher transported the whole display to his classroom to use with his 8th grade English classes), but I wanted more. The problem (common to teen and school librarians everywhere) is that whenever I create “programs” they are often tons of work and poorly attended in the end. So this year, I started talking out loud about my ideas. I had planted a few seeds last year, by sending a copy of a VOYA article to the English faculty. The article was about a school librarian who had created something called “Random Acts of Poetry,” where topical poems are posted all around the school in celebration of National Poetry Month. That was the starting point. English teachers loved the idea, but most had little time to help me plan and I really wanted to create something that had some faculty buy-in. Thankfully, the 12th grade English teacher who is always game to try something new had handed over two of her classes to her student teacher and offered to help. Continue reading Poetry Programming Success – do it yourself

A few thoughts on publicity

I work in a library where children’s and adult programming is incredibly successful on the whole–I’m talking standing-room-only in a room that seats 175 people, and in a town of about 20,000, that strikes me as pretty good. Teen programs…not so much. We’ve had a few programs where I was floored by the number of teens who came–nearly 60 to a Black Tie Party that the Teen Advisory Board hosted, about 50 to our Summer Reading Finale party. But some, like book groups, chess programs, craft stuff….get zero kids, two, three–teeny numbers. So I’ve been thinking a lot about the kind of publicity I’ve been employing and how it should change.

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Wrestlemania Toolkit

The Wrestlemania Reading Challenge kicks off during Teen Read Week! If you’re looking for ways to promote the program, consult the toolkit:

Get staff involved by introducing’ them to WWE superstars. Print pictures of wrestlers’ from the WWE website’ and label’ each picture with the wrestler’s name and nickname.’ Ask them to familiarize themselves with one wrestler. This’ way, they’ should feel comfortable’ engaging’ in a’ conversation about’ a’ wrestler with a teen.