young adult

Get Your Teens Anime-ted

Fortunate to have a librarian, Melanie Fitz, who is also a manga artist, the Carroll County (Md.) Public Library recently held Getting Graphic: Drawing Comics and Manga for teens aged 11 to 17 in two of the library’s branches. Through demonstrations and detailed explanations of the way she draws manga characters, Fitz helped the teens learn manga’s style rules (and that it was okay to break them).

Sprinkle, Mold, Blend, Create: Cooking Programs for Teens

There is no question that free food brings teenagers to library programs. Whether it’s a book discussion with free pizza, a teen movie night with buttered popcorn, or chips and pretzels on a gaming night, free food is enough incentive for teens to show up, hang out, and slowly make their way toward the Doritos. At times, we use it to get teens away from their Facebook profiles and into our programs. But with that said, there is nothing wrong with free food. Teens often use public libraries and attend teen programs to socialize with friends.

New for July at EDSITEment

It’s July, summer is in full swing, and EDSITEment celebrates American leisure as well as remembers the Battle of Bull Run on its 150th anniversary and looks at worlds of Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter.

New for June at EDSITEment

Summer is upon us! It’s a good time to catch up on your reading or do some traveling (even if it’s only a virtual roadtrip). This month, EDSITEment offers new and refreshed features and lessons as well as links to useful NEH-funded websites.

Pass the Book Program Wins Award

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) named Katie George the winner of the 2011 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.

Smart Cookies

Kids making cookies at Kasson Public Library


Some co-workers and I were talking about our favorite cookie recipes earlier this week, and discussed setting up a cookie swap for the holidays. It should come as no surprise to you, however, that libraries are way ahead of us. And why not? Cookie swaps are a great way to bring people into your library while having them do most of the work.

Brains!

Perhaps sparked by Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, zombies are once again all the rage. It takes brains to tap into the undead audience in your program planning. Do you have what it takes? These libraries do:

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