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Cool Teen Programs for under $100
Jenine Lillian for YALSA
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8523-6
Publisher: YALSA
Price: $35.00
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154 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8523-6
Year Published: 2009

Producing engaging, innovative programs for teens on a tight budget is a challenge that many librarians face. With Cool Teen Programs for under $100, YALSA offers an inspired new guide providing a wealth of fun, creative programming ideas sure to entice teens into the library, all easily replicable and easy on the bottom line.

Colleagues from the U.S. and Canada contributed more than twenty-five successful programs, all expertly edited by Jenine Lillian, an instructor at the University of Washington School for Information and teen services consultant.

Programs include twists on typical teen fare, such as crafts, food, and technology, as well as those that boost teen creativity, encourage teens to engage their brains, and bring in teens in underserved populations, such as teen parents or immigrants.

In addition to programs, this book includes helpful chapters on budgeting for teen services and marketing tips that you can put into practice at any budget.

Cool Teen Programs for under $100 will give you all you need to plan and host teen-approved, cost-effective programming for any library, no matter the size or type.

About the Author

Jenine Lillian is a librarian and consultant, as well as a lecturer in the Information School at the University of Washington, where she earned an MLIS in 2005. An active YALSA member, Lillian was YALSA’s 2007 Emerging Leader and served on the Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers committee. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Free Report: The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action

Last year, experts and practitioners from across the U.S. discussed the future of teens and libraries. The result? Some straightforward and achievable recommendations for engaging and empowering teens. 

YALSA’s “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action” report captures findings from the 2013 meeting about how youth-serving groups, community organizations and libraries can team up to help the nation’s teens succeed in school and prepare for careers. 

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