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A Year of Programs for Millennials and More
Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1332-1
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $49.00
 
 
 
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216 pages
8.5" x 11"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1332-1
Year Published: 2015
AP Categories: A, C, I

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Needless to say, programming for teens can be a dubious fit for library users in their 20s; and what appeals to Baby Boomers isn't necessarily ideal for those in their 30s and 40s. Millennials deserve their own programs. This handy guide specifically targets those on the cusp of the born-digital generation and their peers, offering up a year’s worth of programming suitable for both public and academic libraries. Organized by monthly clubs or monthly themed events, a format that makes planning and execution a snap, this resource
  • Provides an overview of what those in their 20s, 30, and 40s want from libraries and how best to reach them
  • Gives tips for extending popular teen programs to older teens and those in their 20s
  • Presents start-to-finish programs sure to be a big draw, such as a “pub trivia” night, recipe scrapbooking meetup, retro craft club, old school gaming sessions, writer’s workshops, and community college networking events
  • Shows how to program on a tight budget by making the most of the library’s existing collection and resources
  • Offers tips on marketing, outreach, and followup
The fun and popular programs contained in this guide will help libraries become social and cultural cornerstones for the millennials in their communities.
Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction


Chapter 1    January

Fit Fair
Old-School Gaming
Great Reads and Treats for Book Clubs
Power Parenting: Adoption and Foster Care

Chapter 2    February

Un-Valentine’s Day
Oscar Night
Mardi Gras
Hot Drink Mixology

Chapter 3    March

March Madness
Craft Brewing
Green Party
Seed Bomb and Terrarium DIY
Social Justice and Activism

Chapter 4    April

Poetry Reading Night
’80s Night
Spring Cleaning Sale
Curating Collectibles
Money Smart Week: First-Time Home Buyers

Chapter 5    May

From Canada to Mexico: Road Tripping across North America
Europe on the Cheap
’90s Night
Memorial Day Service Fair

Chapter 6    June

DIY Wedding and Shower Accessories
Farmers’ Market Fair
LGBT Pride Month
Realistic Summer Reading and Media Programs for Adults

Chapter 7    July

DIY Decorating on a Dime
Quick and Easy Recipe Swap
Microwave Magic and Easy-Bake Oven Adventures
Literary Speed Dating

Chapter 8    August

Power Parenting: Ways to Work from Home
Power Parenting: Life in Elementary, Middle, and High School
Karaoke Night
Shark Week Celebration

Chapter 9    September

Gap Year Fair
Program for Adults Facing Social Challenges
Bonfire Night
Power Parenting: From Local Trips to Disney and Beyond—Tips for Traveling with Children

Chapter 10    October

Clutter Doctor
Power Parenting: Virtual College Tours
Fandom Frenzy
Throwback Halloween Night

Chapter 11    November

Recipe Scrapbooking
Holiday Spirit: Winery Tour and Tasting
Mystery Dinner
Delicious Reads
NaNoWriMo Kickoff and Weekly Write-Ins

Chapter 12    December

DIY Holiday Parties
DIY Holiday Gifts and Decorations on the Cheap
Museum Fair
Smart Tips for Self-Publishing

Chapter 13    Clubs That Keep Them Coming Back

5K Club
Young Adult Books for NextGens Club
Trivia Nights
Power Parenting Program: Parent Nights
Retro Craft Club
Crafterwork
Retro Movie Night
Community College Connections
Writers’ Workshop
Service Club

About the Authors
Index

About the Authors

Amy J. Alessio is an award-winning, part-time teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She recently wrote Mind-Bending Mysteries and Thrillers for Teens: A Programming and Readers’ Advisory Guide for ALA Editions. Her first young adult mystery, Taking the High Ground, was published in 2013. She has enjoyed teaching online courses for YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and webinars for ALA along with many live presentations. She has given many talks on vintage cookbooks based on her passion, featured at www.amyalessio.com. To feed her book addiction, she reviews teen and adult books for Crimespree Magazine and Booklist.

Katie LaMantia is an award-winning teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. A former Teen Advisory Board member and current teen librarian and 20–30-something, she has a personal as well as a professional interest in serving the needs of this demographic. She has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and technology. When not running teen programs, tinkering with technology, and finding amazing books for young adults, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and extreme adventure activities.

Emily Vinci is a popular services librarian specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has interests in expanding library appreciation and knowledge of comics and graphic novels, as well as catering to hard-to-reach demographics such as the 20s and 30s crowd. A pop culture fiend, she is always looking for new ways to incorporate popular culture into the public library.
Reviews

”This gem of a resource for librarians at public libraries will appeal to those designing programs with budget and staff constraints."
— Library Journal

”A good professional volume for public librarians, particularly those who are new to the profession and need some guidance on how to draw patrons in and keep them returning."
— Booklist

”This book takes on the best ways to get difficult-toreach patrons in their twenties and thirties into the door. Broken down by the months of the year, this book is organized with programs best suited to the weather and seasonal activities for each month. It is both a cute and effective strategy for those library programmers who might like the idea of a specific program, but are unsure of when it would be best suited to use."
— Catholic Library World

”A well-organized and easy-to-consult sourcebook."
— ARBA
 
 

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