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Teens Turn to Libraries for “Books with Beat”

As the popularity of young adult literature continues to soar and teen musical artists dominate the airwaves, thousands of teens will participate in Teen Read Week, October 17–23, 2010, celebrated this year with a theme of “Books with Beat @ your library.”

Featured Library: River Forest Public Library

The River Forest (Ill.) Public Library (RFPL) is celebrating Mark Twain this month with a variety of programs for all ages.

First- through fifth-graders were invited to “Tom Sawyer Days” on October 3, where they learned about Tom’s life and times, played some old-fashioned games, and made a yummy treat.

Get It Write @ your library

It’s always the write time to offer writing classes at your library. You’re sure to find people in your community who would like an introduction to writing or the chance to build upon their writing skills. Here are just a few program examples for all ages, from fiction to nonfiction to poetry.

Join the Next Great Stories CLUB

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the theme and book titles for the fourth round of Great Stories CLUB grants. YALSA’s Outreach to Young Adults with Special Needs Interest Group selected “Second Chances” as the Great Stories CLUB theme, along with the following titles: Hate List by Jennifer Brown (Little, Brown Books, 2009); Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad, 2009); and The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees (Hyperion, 2009).

Help Your Teens Become Stars with SchoolJam USA

Teen bands across the country are invited to step onto the stage to compete in SchoolJam USA. This national, one-of-a-kind, teen battle-of-the-bands competition is accepting applications from middle and high school students aiming to showcase their talent and bolster much-needed support for school music programs.

Go Big or Go Home

Life-sized board games! For those of you who already have gaming at your library, here's a way to take it to a whole new level. Not offering gaming? Why not start big? Here are a few innovative programs I found online:

Searching for Hidden Treasure

I admit to being a bit late to the geocaching party—I only found out about it a year ago, when I chanced upon some related iPhone apps—but I immediately saw how well it could lend itself to library programming. Turns out I’m not alone in thinking that; a quick Google search revealed libraries have been offering geocaching events for years. For those of you who are also new to the phenomenon, I’ve gathered some information you may find useful for planning your own geocaching programs.

Kentucky Kids Get Ekphrastic

You may not know what the word “ekphrastic” means, but a host of kids from west Kentucky in grades three through nine could tell you.


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