Teen Read Week Photo Challenge


This year for Teen Read Week, we’re doing a social media photo challenge. A couple of teens saw the poster and indicated that they’re really excited about it. However, they did say they were going to create a new account just to post contest entries from because they don’t want to spam their followers. I’m just glad they actually want to participate. What do the rest of you in libraryland have in store for Teen Read Week?

Teen Read Week – Matching Game

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted about teen services. I took a brief sabbatical from the realm of public libraries to work for a vendor, but now I’m back where I belong! To kick off my new-ish job, I’ve been tasked with running our teen booth at the local book festival. The festival happens to coincide with Teen Read Week, so we’re using Get Away @ Your Library as the theme. For activities, we are going to play Pin the Glasses on John Green (thanks to Sarah Amazing!) and I’ve created the matching game below.


Feel free to use this game at your own library. You can download it as a PDF here.

Teen Read Week – Edible Book Craft

IMG_20131002_114836 For Teen Read Week, I’m doing a Take It and Make It  Edible Book Craft. Teens will sign out a kit (pictured to the left) that contains everything they need to make edible books at home. This activity will take the place of our monthly crafternoon meeting. I adapted the idea from something I saw on the Teen Read Week website. The project cost around $15 for about 25 kits.

If you’re interested I’ve uploaded the files for the kit label and edible book instructions.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that we get a lot of participation in Teen Read Week, the branches are collaborating on many activities and I really want to see some system solidarity success. A reporter from the local paper was here and I’ve been pushing some (but not too much) on our social media sites. We’ll just have to wait and see.

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.