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1Metamorphasizing Your Library for teens and tweens: Transforming your library into a teen magnet Patrick JonesConnecting Young Adults and Libraries
2“If I could run the library for one day I would have have bands in to entertain us, workshops like creative writing programs, game days so kids could play Magic the gathering or D & D, and events for parents and teens about college and financial aid.” --quote from a teen in a focus group in Minnesota.
3~WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY ~ WHO (you, me, them)WHENWHEREWHAT (learning objectives)
4Objectives I. Objectives Answer FAQs about summer programming for teens and tweensIdentify the elements of successful summer programs for teens and tweensInvestigate techniques such as booktalking to attract for teens and tweens
5Methods Lecture with Power Point Discussion with small group activitiesHandouts and accompanying web pages
6WHY do teen after school programming? Increase use of the collection and other core servicesInform, entertain, and enrich teensAttract new users or current users to use the library differentlyPromote the library in a positive light in the communityIncrease youth involvement opportunitiesSupport healthy youth development
9WHAT’S THE FREQUENCY: a how-to-do-it workshop “But I put out the flyer”- Stock excuse number #1 on why a program or service didn’t meet expectations.
10Exercise #1What are the biggest obstacles to getting teens and tweens to attend programs?
11WHAT is programming for teens? Staff intensive:Involve a hired presenter:Use a teen presenter with knowledge or expertiseBe totally teen planned, implemented and evaluated.Be highly interactive on the teens own time and always availableBe almost spontaneous
12The Developmental Needs of Teenagers: Physical Activity2. Competence and Achievement3. Self-Definition4. Creative Expression5. Positive Social Interaction with Peers and Adults6. Structure and Clear Limits7. Meaningful Participation
13What types of programs appeal to teens? Cultural -Informational –EducationalRecreational
14Dewey or don’t we know good topics for school age programs? Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick JonesExercise #2Dewey or don’t we know good topics for school age programs?
15Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones http://www
16HOW do you plan teen programming? IdeasAsk and answer the 5WsImplementationEvaluationEducation
175W 1H WHAT IS THE PROGRAM: (title / description / objectives) WHO IS THE AUDIENCE: (age, gender, target schools)WHEN/WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE: (date, time, and location)WHY WILL IT SUCCEED: (partnerships, youth involvement, development needs)HOW WILL BE PROMOTED
18What are examples of successful tween and teen programs?
19Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICETeen drama club over the summer on weekly basis. Picked and then presented a play. Now, monthly basis.
20Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICECard and comic book club on Saturday afternoons. Kids trade with each other and with library. Play card games such as magic the gathering. Door prizes and refreshments.
21Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICELSTA grant buy dig cameras; grades 4 – 8; set up eye-spy teams with local historians; took photos of historic sites: zoom in, wrote clues; on the web.
22Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEDuring summer, using Gates computers. Offered training beyond use of the Internet to use programs loaded on computers. Instruction in use: classes they could sign-up.
23Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICET-shirt decoration: teens create their own t-shirts to wear when they volunteer.
24Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEProgram in schools a brown bag lunch program with middle school. Visiting twice a month, book discussion group over lunch. Library buys paperbacks for students. Librarian presented an award to teacher who organized project.
25Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEPoster designing contest for the summer reading program theme. Anime style was the winner: got used on the public relations materials. Teen was then hired to work at branch.
26Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEFor Teen Read Week, photographer took pix of teens in various locations which were then used in libraries with slogans on them.
27Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICEMystery night – written her own script, involving police department, etc. Clue(Upstart Doubledog Press Plano
28Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICETeen Arcade in Gates training room
29Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEEvery time a teen attends a program or volunteers, ask them to give address and get invites to school programs.
30Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICELast September turned volunteens in puppet performing troupe (puppet teens). Help prepare scripts, make props, develop scenery, and perform.
31Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICELibrary has developed outreach programs with a wide range of agencies which also serve teens, such as the workforce center, a program for teen mothers (New Beginnings), GED/ESL classes, key contacts in the mental health community, Juvenile Detention Center including donations of materials, and educational community/alternative high school
32Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEDeveloped a Mother and daughter book club. Program recognizes fact found in many suburban library systems that parents must be involved or be supportive of teen programs if they are to provide transportation.
33Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE. Poetry contest in the spring. YAs could submit two poems. Capped off by an open mike night to announce winners (Friends group supply prizes). Over 70 Yas attended last event. Success due to teachers getting involved and interested. Also lead to the publication of the compiled poems. Short story contest following same plan in the summer.
34Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE. Teen Art Show had over 100 entries. Art put on display in YA area and all over the library. Reception held to honor artists drew over 75 people to the library in the summer.
35Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEBook discussion groups at the held during the summer. Teens read books, discuss, and have interacted with authors via telephone. One group member now leads a book discussion group for younger kids. Article in October VOYA.
36Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEFor Teen Read Week, librarians cooperated with cable access channel and high school to produce 30 second “spots” about using the library featuring leaders from local high school .
37Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEDeveloped partnership with parks and recreation department. In their promotional materials, they advertise library programs. Similar programs with community education to promote library programs.
38Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEReceived funding from the Arts Council for an arts project work with artist to create large scale puppets, involving students ages 8 – 14. Worked with special program at high school off campus supply two teen interns who interested in art and education
39Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICETeen summer volunteer programs which allow teens opportunity to “manage” children’s summer reading program, help with programming duties, assist with shelving juvenile materials, and other tasks.
40Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE. Library publishes “zines” filled with artwork, reviews, poetry, and short fiction. These are created and edited by small groups of teenagers, primarily high school students which are then distributed to area schools.
41Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAHammond Public LibraryTeen Pizza Game Night After Hours ProgramBattle of The Bands program held outsideFunded by Friends of the Library and planned with Teen Advisory Board
42Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAClinton Public LibraryMovie nights (teens help pick and snacks), craft days (especially during the winter), and summer reading program (reached out to schools, partnered with middle school program where students win prizes and CASH!!). Teens 11 – 18 read over 38,000 pages for the middle school.
43Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAYouth Public LibrarySummer teen volunteer program helped out. This past year did reading buddy programs. Teens would sign up to read on Mondays to younger children, who would sign up. Very successful. Teens enjoyed it, and continued to show up.Jasper Public LibraryInstant winner: put stop on certain books, if teen checked out book, would win something.
44Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAJohnson CountyActing workshop conducted by library staff member / community theater member.
45Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com IMCPLTeen work with published artist to create a comic book, each teen had different tasks. Was supposed to last only one month, still going on until October.
46Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAIMCPL. Sidewalk slam: could write poems / draw art on sidewalk which included working with artist. Frame art work. This lead to revamping teen area, which gives it unique look. Organized school club (poetry club) came to event and wants to continue to help out.
47Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAWestfieldX-box game: hooked up two x-boxes together, shown on projector, and they played against each other. Game was Halo. Also Battle of the Bands, and henna tattoo. Success breeds success.
48Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEChess club
49Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAWestfieldIntergenerational program of teens reading to seniors in nursing homes. YAHOO program; funded by United Way youth as resources.
50Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWAYouth North Liberty Community Library, North LibertyHired a teen library assistant and gave him responsibility for updating library webpage (his brother designed the original webpage as a teen volunteer)
51Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA@Coralville Public LibraryOur TAB members wrote the script and put together a commercial to promote this years summer reading program. The city’s cable guy agreed to film and edit it. We will be showing it at the junior high school during morning announcements and also on the city cable network.
52Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWAElementary School. Took pictures of all the kindergarteners and first graders with their favorite books. Also included all school personnel, secretaries, cooks, custodians. Put up a bulletin board before parent teacher conferences that said “Check Us Out”. Kids loved finding their pictures.
53Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA@Wilton Public Library. Developed a Reading Buddy Program during the summer partnering Teen Board members with students in Title I reading. Each week during June and July the students meet with their partner for half an hour to read and discuss books.
54Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWAPublic Library/IowaRole Playing Group meets every other weekend for 3 hours. They play D&D, BattleTech, etc. Library is responsible for meeting room, promotion and photocopies. Teens run the games. Group has been in existence for well over 5 years.
55Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWARapids Public LibraryMystery Pizza Program: We got cheese pizzas donated by seven pizza places and then the kids guessed who made which pizza. This program attracted more boys than girls. We also did a craft program while results were being tabulated. We got good reviews from those participating.
56Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA@Summer reading program prize be “librarian for a day” – get to behind the desk, go shopping, buy stuff.
57Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES IN IOWABondurant CommunityLibrary – Nintendo Game Cube Player and about 15 games to go with it. Youth, esp. boys ages 8-15 come to library regularly to have gameplay time, and from timt to time they checkout materials and read the magazines, esp. GameInformer & Nintendo Power
58Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANAMonroe CountyGarage Band event: get out of the way of good people and let them do their jobs. More attention that paid to it by administration. Spaces in library designed so teen can hang out. No need for signs.
59Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICEMokena Public LibraryTeen coffee house program: Held in activity room. Food and drink. Wednesdays after school.
60Connecting Young Adults and Libraries http://www.connectingya.com BEST PRACTICESpecial Stillwater Public Library Received funding from the Arts Council for an arts project work with artist to create large scale puppets, involving students ages 8 – 14. Student then used puppet during summer to put on programs at library and in the community
61Connecting Young Adults and Libraries PROGRAMSBook discussion groups at the held during the summer. Teens read books, discuss, and have interacted with authors via telephone. One group member now leads a book discussion group for younger kids.
62Connecting Young Adults and Libraries YOUTH INVOLVETeen summer volunteer programs which allow teens opportunity to “manage” children’s summer reading program, help with programming duties, assist with shelving juvenile materials, and other tasks. Most successful are those which allow teens opportunity to be creative.
63Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE.Sleepovers at the library; issued library cards, story times, food, and staff involvement. Staff was there to supervise and 12 year old who were not primarily library users.
64Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICEPSAT study night: tips on how to take the PSAT. Teacher from Kaplan.
65Program This! Acting class Author visit by Anna Pearl Barrett ASPIRE OlympicsBats! (Nature to go)Bead craftsBirthday bashesBlue Gnus
66Program This! Ice Cream Juneteenth Kid Kix Kung Fu Mad Science Magic showMagic the gatheringModeling with clay
67Program This! Clown show Computer camps Computer shirt Father's Day craftFly : hip hop danceFotoFestGalveston tripGame Days
68Program This! Scrapbook Sign language Snakes! Solar system SPCA Stain glass craftartist Teena GoldsteinTie Dye shirt
69What are your successful teen and tween programs? Exercise #3What are your successful teen and tween programs?
70What are the elements of developing successful teen programs? Popularity of the topic:Promotion, not just publicity.Making connections with what is happening in the lives of teenagers.High touch: the best model for teen programs is NOT story time (we perform; the audience watches), but toddler time: we provide an interactive experience consist with the development needs of the child.Youth involvement:Define success and expectationsPartnering with schools, school group, and youth serving organization:
71Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones http://www ask kidsTHE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PLAN DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM:
72THE PROGRAMMING TAPESTRY RECREATIONAL EDUCATIONAL CULTURAL BUSINESS Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick JonesTHE PROGRAMMING TAPESTRYRECREATIONALEDUCATIONALCULTURALBUSINESSYOUTH SERVING
73PARTNERSHIP ROLES COMMUNICATIVE COOPERATIVE COLLOBRATIVE Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick JonesPARTNERSHIP ROLESCOMMUNICATIVECOOPERATIVECOLLOBRATIVE
74An equation for programming success Collections plus cooperation plus customer focus equals success
75Don’t Tell, Sell: The importance of booktalking Patrick JonesConnecting Young Adults and Libraries
76FAQ’S 1. What is booktalking? 2. Who is the audience? Don't Tell, SellFAQ’S1. What is booktalking?2. Who is the audience?3. What are the models?4. What are the rules?
77FAQ’S What it is and What it is not 1. What is booktalking? Don't Tell, SellFAQ’S1. What is booktalking?What it is andWhat it is not
78FAQ’S Teens Teachers Tepid managers 2. Who is the audience? Don't Tell, SellFAQ’S2. Who is the audience?TeensTeachersTepid managers
79FAQ’S 3 What are the models? Blurbs Music Trailers WWF Comics Stories Don't Tell, SellFAQ’S3 What are the models?Blurbs MusicTrailers WWFComics Stories
80FAQ’S 4. What are the rules? Do’s Don’ts Types Don't Tell, Sell
81FAQ’S Types Don't Tell, Sell Mood Plot Scene Character
823 Golden rules Remember the audience’s wants Don't Tell, Sell3 Golden rulesRemember the audience’s wantsRemember the audience’s needsBe dramatic, not theatrical
85Preparing Writing Start with the ending Write backwards Don't Tell, SellPreparingWritingStart with the endingWrite backwardsNotes/index cardsLook for the hook
86Preparing Performing Set rules Relax and enjoy Be realistic Don't Tell, SellPreparingPerformingSet rulesRelax and enjoyBe realisticLearn from mistakes
87Improving 1. Learning the hooks 2. Learning the books Don't Tell, SellImproving1. Learning the hooks2. Learning the books3. Learning the elements of success
88Cliffhanger Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher
89Repetition Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
90Unexpected The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
91Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes by Chris Crutcher Know a secretStaying Fat for Sarah Brynes by Chris Crutcher
92Improving Don't Tell, Sell Learning the hooks The Surprise Party
93Improving Don't Tell, Sell Learning the books What authors work When and whereCore list
94Improving Learning the elements of success Don't Tell, Sell Know the crowd, not too proud/too loud.Speak to feelings, not lofty ceilings.Don't just speak out; seek out.
95Don't Tell, Sell Use your style, not cards from a file. Think stage, not printed page.Be yourself, lose yourself.No matter what you try, answer the questions "why"Find the hook, push the book.Don't tell, sell. .
96Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS 1. Questions to ask 2. How to begin/end/survive3. What to include/what to leave out4. Problems/solutions
98Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS How to begin/end/survive Get overLeave with a questionSense of humor
99Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS What to include/what to leave outmix of formatsmix of materialsmix of subjects
100Book store look: Post new book covers using color copies from Amazon What are some of the best practices for promoting library services to teens?Be a good host:Be bilingual: .Book reviews:Book store look: Post new book covers using color copies from AmazonBuild transportation money into grants.Cable access TV:
101Flyers which go anywhere but lying buried in a pile of other flyers. Date due slips:lists of teens:Fast Food: .Flyers which go anywhere but lying buried in a pile of other flyers.Give away:.Loyalty:Mouse pads:
102Parks and recreation departments: PTAs and other connectors: Regular open house or program:Reward teachers, other librarians, and library staff.School announcements:School newspaper:School visitsSell and show:
103Youth group and youth serving organizations Youth involvement Student ambassadors:Student clubs:Sun days:TicketsUse the calendar;Web pages: .Youth group and youth serving organizationsYouth involvement
104Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones http://www ask kidsTHE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PLAN DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM:
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109For more information:Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual, Third Edition By Patrick Jones, Michele Gorman, and Tricia SuellentropNeal-Schuman, July 2004/2 x pp.
110Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones http://www Consulting, training, and coaching for providing powerful youth services including library card campaigns and web projects