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101 Teen Programs That Work (Teens @ the Library Series)

by RoseMary Honnold

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This book on teen programming is broken down into several sections. The first part of the book focuses on making the recommendation to have teen programming. Apparently many libraries today have ample programming targted towards junior high aged children and younger, but not much for teenagers themselves. Making the case for teen programming is a multi-facted issue, as there's both worries about funds at hand, and also the fact that stereotypically, teens don't attend programming all that often.

The book then covers ways to promote the programming, and strategies that different libraries take in trying to reel in children. Lastly, the book then covers the actual programming that will go on.

The books considerations on making the case for teen programming are sound, and the fact that there isn't much teen programming is definitely a problem. Unfortunately, not all of the programming suggestions are all that appealing to today's teens. Some are decent, such as a suggestion for a cooking class on chicken curry, or having a pizza tasting program, but others, such as Medieval fly fishing or bingo may miss the mark. Still, many of the suggestions are decent and worthy of consideration. ( )
  jackiediorio | Dec 20, 2011 |
101+ Teen Programs That Work presents a wide variety of programming suggestions aimed at teen library patrons; although the target audience is public librarians, school librarians could also use many of the ideas. The year-round programming suggestions run the gamut from a space-themed scavenger hunt to Human Bingo, and while not all suggestions will be appealing or viable for every library, there should be something here for everyone. The programming suggestions do seem to skew a little young, so those looking to engage their 16-18 year-old patrons might not find this as helpful as those catering to a largely middle school-aged crowd. Sections on publicity, record-keeping, and convincing library administrators to invest in teen programming will prove especially helpful for newer librarians or those launching their first foray into programming for a YA audience. Recommended. ( )
  alexanan | Dec 18, 2011 |
Anyone who works with teens in a library (school or public) should have this book on their bookshelf. It's packed with ideas to try, so even if you have hard to interest teens, there is sure to be something to catch their interest here. ( )
  sboaman | May 12, 2008 |
From School Library Journal
Those who work with teens will find plenty of year-round programming ideas in this useful volume. The author has incorporated tried-and-true activities complete with instructions on how to plan and present each one, with additional commentary on the bottom line (costs), the collection connection (books, magazines, Web sites, etc.), teen feedback, and further reading resources. Easily accessible, the suggestions will encourage even the most experienced YA librarian to try something in a different way. For example, a popular twist on a traditional craft program can be a session on henna tattooing and, with slight modification, a scavenger hunt can become "Library Survivor." In addition, the last chapter addresses the all-important need for evaluations and record-keeping statistics. Veteran staffers looking for inspiration or those new to the exciting world of programming with teens will need to keep this title handy at all times.
Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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  PLCMCteens | Oct 12, 2006 |
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Packed, with games, themes, & other ideas for attracting teens to the library. Well reviewed.

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