Teen Read Week – Seek the Unknown

Teen Read Week is coming up quick. I’ve been batting ideas around with our branches’ teen programmers because we kind of wanted to do a couple things system-wide. Here are some ideas I put out:

Edible Book Craft (from the TRW website): Tiny, edible books made from fruit leather and fun-size chocolate bars. I am definitely planning on doing this at the main library.

Spooky Story Contest (also from the TRW website): This one would be a system-wide program, with one winner from each branch. Teens would be encouraged to send in short, spooky stories from October 1st- October 15th. We would judge them and announce the winners on the last day of TRW. Not sure what we would do for prizes, though.

Reviews for Fines: I’m keeping my fingers-crossed that the branch managers agree to this one, if not we’ll still implement it at the main library. Basically for every review teens  bring in, they get one fine waived. We will share the reviews online.

Alien/ Cryptozoology Investigation Program: I’m really excited about this one! I’ve contacted the WV chapter of MUFON and they are going to do a presentation on alien investigation and UFOS for us. While chatting with the chapter head, he mentioned that he also teaches a class on cryptozoology and agreed to expand the presentation to include some info on that, too. I had a paranormal society give a presentation during summer reading and it was one of my more successful programs, so I have high hopes for this one. Also, my teens love cryptids.

This is my first Teen Read Week, so I hope it goes well.

Begging For Likes

PictureWe’ve all seen those posts on Facebook of a kid holding a sign that says “If I get 1,000 likes, my dad will take me to Disneyland!” or something along those lines. These type of posts almost always reach the number of likes requested. Well, I wanted to see if we could make this kind of post work for libraries.

I grabbed a couple of coworkers, we made a sign, took the above photo, and then posted it via the library’s Facebook page. It has been our most successful post to date (we’ve been on Facebook for 3 years and I’ve been page admin for about a year). While we didn’t reach our goal of 1,000 likes, we did come close and over 7,000 people saw our post. That’s a lot of free publicity for our library!

Overall, this experiment reinforced a belief that I already held – that people are visual. If I had posted “Can we get 1000 likes for libraries?” as a text status, it would not have garnered the same amount of attention. Combining a visual post with text seems to work best for us and our patrons engage more with these kinds of posts.

Right now, I’m considering expanding on this idea. I really like what OverDrive is doing on their Facebook page. They are posting pictures of their staff holding signs with questions like, “What is the first book you remember reading?” and “Who is your favorite literary villain?“. This seems like a great way to showcase library employees’ personalities while establishing a rapport with patrons.

What are some interesting ways your library is using Facebook?