graphic from staff of the Teen Zone at the
Lawrence Public Library.
This blog post by Travis Jonker, an elementary school librarian in Michigan, highlights some unique new books. While not all are candidates for school libraries it is fun to read about some creative new picture books
UAF Day at the fair is Tuesday, Aug. 7, noon - 5 p.m
Books from the Nooks - new this year on UAF Day!
In cooperation with the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, UAF will hold a book drive on UAF Day for new or gently used books. Collected books will be distributed to first-year teachers in local elementary schools to assist them in establishing libraries in their classrooms. For each book donated, the donor will receive a ticket for a drawing to be held at the end of the day. The winner of the drawing, who need not be present to win, will receive four tickets to a university event of their choice (excluding the chancellor's gala and the UAA vs. UAF hockey games).
I attended a session at ALA this summer, presented by Tiffany Pahman, Teen Librarian of the Oshawa Public Libraries, that while geared to a public library audience was jam-packed with ideas for programs to use with Tweens. Tiffany identified this group as 10 to 14 year olds though she also mentioned KAGOY, which I had not previously heard. This is the acronym for Kids Are Getting Older Younger, meaning in this case that many of the programs will work for patrons as young as 8 year olds.
Tiffany generously shared access to their web page The Tween Scene, which has detailed information about each program, as well as the documentation to download for any print materials involved. She gave permission to all to adapt for their library programming purposes.
I just wish you could have experienced her enthusiasm for developing and implementing these programs and some of the stories she told about her teen patrons. It is no surprise they have such a wonderful program and following. She certainly understands and enjoys the age group!!! Katie