Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2005-10-19

Teen Read Week

It's Teen Read Week! This year's theme is "Get Real @ Your Library".

This is an ALA/YALSA initiative to promote teen literacy. Check out the FAQs.

Are you saying, if only I'd known, but it's too late for my library.... It's never too late!

Your teens may:

Vote for their favorite book for a YALSA's Teens' Top Ten list;

Take a SmartGirl Survey;

Put together a book display using these booklists related to the "Get Real" theme.

Browse the program ideas and create a program that can be put together ASAP, such as "vote for your favorite book"; put out some old magazines and other materials and create a teen drop in craft to "share what's real in my life" with a cool collage.

Resolve to incorporate the spirit of TRW into your year-long library planning. If you are fortunate enough to have (or be) a full time Young Adult Librarian, you're already doing it! If not, include YA books in your book displays; have a Teen Movie Night; add one new Teen Magazines to your collection.

I feel that with so many talented and dedicated librarians out there, librarians should never have to reinvent the wheel. In addition to talking to your teens about what they would like to see at the library, find out from other librarians what they are doing successfully... and do it, "tinkering" to make it just right for your teens and your library.

Share your TRW programming ideas!

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