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A Year of Programs for Teens
Amy J. Alessio and Kimberly A. Patton
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0903-4
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $48.00
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168 pages
8.5” x 11”
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0903-4
Year Published: 2006
AP Categories: A, B, C, D, E, F

Planning teen programming is a lot of work, so why offer programs that teens don’t want?

Teens need especially exciting and dynamic programs to encourage them to use the library and its resources. In A Year of Programs for Teens, two young adult specialists take teen services to a new level with step-by-step instructions for planning teen programs. Each chapter covers one month of the year and includes four to five program ideas appropriate to the season, as well as suggestions for games, passive programs, and book displays. All programs included in this collection have been tested in real libraries with live teens and offer

  • Scalable program ideas for limited library budgets
  • Tips for gearing the program toward older or younger teens
  • Program-specific details about supplies, preparation time, setup, and marketing tactics
  • Strategies on how to avoid potential problems
  • Stand-alone programs and display ideas for facilities

    Following the practical suggestions laid out here, young adult librarians in public libraries, school library media specialists, and adult and young adult services staff serving teens can easily build a core teen audience and help attract new members to programs and to the library.

    About the Authors

    Amy J. Alessio is the Teen Coordinator at Schaumburg Township District Library in Illinois. She writes and edits fiction and nonfiction, including the previous title co-authored with Kim Patton, A Year of Programs for Teens. Amy reviews young adult literature and mysteries for Crimespree Magazine and Amy served two terms on the YALSA Board of Directors, and was honored in 2006 with the Illinois Library Association Davis Cup Award for librarians serving youth. She is passionate about cookbooks and writes about them on her blog.

    Kimberly A. Patton is the Teen Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library Central Resource Branch in Kansas City, MO. Before moving to the KC Library, she was the Young Adult Specialist at the Lawrence (KS) Public Library. She graduated from Baker University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management. A 2007 Spectrum Scholar, she is currently pursuing a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Florida State University. She is the 2010 President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, (YALSA). She enjoys reading and cooking lavish meals for her family.

    "Takes teen services to a new level."

    "At last someone has written a collection of great ideas and put them in an easy to use calendar format."
    --Library Media Connection

    "Alessio and Patton have compiled an imaginative guide ... An exciting and invigorating offering for all public and school librarians."
    --School Library Journal

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    A Year of Programs for Teens 2
    Item Number:  978-0-8389-1051-1
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    Item Number:  978-0-8389-3577-4
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    Item Number:  978-0-8389-0971-3
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