Category Archives: teens

Teen Lock-In in Lampasas

Teens can be tricky for some libraries. The Lampasas Public Library recently held a Teen Lock-In. For a few hours after closing, teens took over the library, ate pizza, played board games. This would be a great way to engage with teens, show them what the library has to offer, and then ask them to be on your Teen Advisory Board!

Thank you for sharing with us, Lampasas!

Teen Read Week, October 18-24

 

From the Teen Read Week website:

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW15

Get Away @ your library Theme

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages libraries to use the Get Away theme during Teen Read Week™, October 18 – 24, 2015, to spotlight all the great resources and activities available to help teens build literacy skills while reading for the fun of it. An annual celebration, this year’s theme encourages libraries to help teens escape from the day to day grind of school, homework, family responsibilities, part time jobs and so on by picking up something to read.  Interpret the theme in ways that highlight a variety of resources in your collection—fantasy novels, sci-fi, beach reads, travel books, tales of adventure and escape, and more!

 

The Teen Read Week website offers great resources from planning checklists to publicity to book and media lists. There is a Pinterest board for collecting activities on the Get Away theme. YALSA was able to provide $1,000 grants thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Fund to libraries who proposed innovative literacy-focused Teen Read Week activities. Check their site for when to apply for 2016 grants.

Youth News July 2012

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money
will get you through times of no libraries.”
–Anne Herbert

Programming Ideas

Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Interactive Songs

There is a lovely German circle game song about Sleeping Beauty I learned years ago.  The traditional presentation of the game involves the children forming a circle, singing the song and doing some movement. One school presented a wonderful version of both of these songs and stories. Pass these ideas on to child cares and teachers or incorporate these variations into your programs.

Sleeping Beauty and Snow White: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zha9zDO8-Tg&feature=related

Sleeping Beauty circle game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFBu2ZVrP0M

 

Stories, Skits, and Songs

http://www.karenchace.blogspot.com/2012/06/slide-into-summer-with-skits-stories.html

 

Story  Activities

Karen  Chace presented a workshop on storytelling with youth at the  National Storytelling Conference She posted these activities on her blog. You could do these activities for an afternoon program, a summer series, or exercises with your youth volunteers.

Continue reading Youth News July 2012

HEB scholarships for your teens this summer

This summer H-E-B is giving away $50,000 in scholarships during the H-E-B Summer of Read. Write. Win. Texans ages 11 to 18 are eligible for a chance to win one of 11 scholarships from H-E-B. Students must choose an influential Texan to read about this summer and then send in an essay explaining how this Texan has made an impact. If you think your patrons might be interested, learn more here. You could tie it in with a Texas history books and biographies display.