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1 Read & win stuff: maximizing teen summer reading participation. Jessy Griffith Teen Librarian William E Durr (Independence) Branch, Kenton County Public Library

2 What do you want to talk about? What do you want to know?

3 Theres an idea that teen librarians need to be young or cool in teens eyes.

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5 I HAD 474 TEENS READ 2848 BOOKS LAST SUMMER. Thats pretty awesome, right?

6 building summer reading participation starts in April.

7 scheduling class visits is like lobster fishing sometimes you catch a delicious lobster. sometimes you get a boot. make your traps big & spread out!

8 class visit considerations when do your schools do testing? who will let you into their classes? are you ARENA ROCK or intimate club setting? what resources can you use to get into classrooms?

9 your friendly neighborhood teen librarian wants to take you out to dinner! Hello everyone! As your school year winds down, KCPLs summer reading contest is getting ready to start! Last year, I visited 711 middle and high school students to tell them about all the great stuff they can win by reading this summer. Just at the Durr (Independent) Branch, we had almost 2000 books read over the summer by your students. This year, I want to break that record! More books, more summer reading, more class visits! So Im running a raffle contest: for every class I visit, that teacher/media specialist/etc gets one chance to win a $50 gift card to Darden Restaurant Group (Red Lobster, Olive Garden, or Longhorn Steakhouse). The more of your classes I visit, the more chances you have to win! Because I know that after a long school year, what could be nicer than a free and delicious dinner? If you would like to schedule a visit where I come and talk to your students about summer reading, upcoming library programs, and all of the awesome books, magazines, ebooks, music, movies, video games, etc. at the library, please send me an of when you are available.

10 what happens at a class visit? talk about the prizes! stress how easy it is to enter! make it as basic as possible! give out something simple that advertises your SRP! pass around fun books & magazines! – origami – Ripleys Believe It or Not – comics – Tiger Beat

11 who are your patrons? do you need a library card to participate in summer reading? how are your under-16 patrons getting to the library? what grade/age does teen start at? when does it end?

12 summer reading entry form name school & grade phone/ book title book author book rating (1-5) library branch

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15 online summer reading. gle-d-s/createforms.html gle-d-s/createforms.html FREE.

16 building summer reading participation starts with prize selection. I lied.

17 what $150 can get you.

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19 when you give it away is important too.

20 should we give away books as summer reading prizes?

21 what do your teens want? a guaranteed pencil/keychain/etc. – guaranteed until they lose it, that is. a chance at an iPod. How do you find out what they want?

22 buy-in doesnt come from money. teens want to give you input. ask them! come to my KPLA presentation!

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25 what do you include? program attendance? books, audio books, ebooks, magazines, newspapers, short story collections, manga, graphic novels, comics… picture books read aloud fanfiction

26 what about cheaters? still visiting the website/library karma my to-do list the intrinsic laziness of the middle schooler in summer

27 how will they know? they try to phone but they cant speak – too shy.

28 Im asking you cause you know about these things. the prize is your ad. facebook & pagemodo bookmarks! bring a newbie

29 why I hate sign ups these teens read zero books! simplicity do you like sign ups? why?

30 party time? excellent?

31 libraries where src is a goal and librarians do something wacky Alabaugh challenged her teen readers to sign up for the teen summer reading program at Rocky River Public Library. If more than 200 teens signed up, Alabaugh pledged to dress up in a different pirate costume every day for one week. However, Alabaugh wasnt satisfied with just having teens sign up. She wanted to encourage them to read more than last years teens. So she again made a pledge: If the teens read more than 1,000 books, she would dye her hair hot pink for a whole month.


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