Teen Read Week is just 6 months away! Don’t wait until the last minute – start nibbling away at the planning process now.

I had the pleasure of presenting at the Vermont Library Association Conference about Teen Read Week and program planning (slides from the session are posted on Slideshare). After the overview, participants broke into small groups to plan a program for Teen Read Week that utilized the Books with Bite theme. The result? TEN programs! These bare bones programs, posted under TRW 08 on the YALSA wiki, still need a bit of fleshing out – I just asked the librarians to consider description, justification (what assets are being built), marketing and evaluation. Please feel free to set up a FREE account, log in, and add content!

Some of my favorites for you to sample follow (the vampire theme was popular) –hope these ideas don’t leave a bad taste your mouth!

  • A Halloween themed storytime, with teens reading to younger children in costume
  • A blood drive for students who meet the Red Cross eligibility requirements
  • Go Goth! Teens give librarian a goth makeover
  • Book discussion of Stephanie Meyer’s books
  • Playing Werewolf: the Apocalypse, a roleplaying game
  • Creating a webliography of “monster” games
  • A midnight showing of old black & white horror films (many are in the public domain! Make sure to procure a public performance license if you are choosing to show new movies)
  • Vampire themed refreshments (beverages the color of blood, brownie “bites,” blood oranges, dessert bar with food shaped like bites have been taken out of them
  • Promotion of Teen’s Top Ten nominees, and VOTING on TTT titles

About Beth Gallaway

Beth Gallaway was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2006 for her work in advocating for videogames in libraries. She is an independent library trainer/consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services, and is a YALSA certified Serving the Underserved (SUS) trainer.

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