Work with teens? What a goldmine of prepackaged programming ideas are cached on this page of the Teen Librarian Toolbox. Check it out! Katie
I'll be very surprised if you haven't seen this on one social media source or another. But if not I'm happy to share it with you.
Words for teenagers
Northland College principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. “Always we hear the cry from teenagers, ‘what can we do, where can we go?’
“My answer is this: Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons and after you’ve finished, read a book. Your town does not owe you recreational facilities and your parents do not owe you fun.
“The world does not owe you a living, you owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be at war, in sickness and lonely again. In other words grow up, stop being a cry baby, get out of your dream world and develop a backbone not a wishbone. Start behaving like a responsible person. You are important and you are needed. It’s too late to sit around and wait for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!”
I have a prize for the first person who can find the name of the judge!!! Katie
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
In need of low reading level titles for your older readers? Here is a list of titles on School Library Journal's blog compiled by the well know YA librarian Mike Sullivan. Want to read more about where these titles come from and about the various systems for rating reability? Read this article "Never A Dull Moment: Body piercing? Extreme sports? Teen pregnancy? Welcome to the action-packed world of hi/lo books" Interesting to learn that Tumblebooks has added some of these titles to their collection.
Christian Science Monitor as published a list which looks worth investigating for you high school folk. See more detailed information here-
The Reapers Are the Angels by Alden Bell
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender
The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni
Room by Emma Donoghue
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
The Radleys by Matt Haig
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had to by DC Pierson
Those of you wanting to update your collection on teen health might want to read this article in School Library Journal. They have some great recommendations.