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2 Metamorphasizing Your Library for teens and tweens: Transforming your library into a teen magnet Patrick Jones Connecting Young Adults and Libraries

3 n 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.

4 ~ WHATS THE FREQUENCY ~ n WHO (you, me, them) n WHEN n WHERE n WHAT (learning objectives) WHAT

5 Objectives I. Objectives n Answer FAQs about summer programming for teens and tweens n Identify the elements of successful summer programs for teens and tweens n Investigate techniques such as booktalking to attract for teens and tweens

6 Methods n Lecture with Power Point n Discussion with small group activities n Handouts and accompanying web pages

7 WHY do teen after school programming? n Increase use of the collection and other core services n Inform, entertain, and enrich teens n Attract new users or current users to use the library differently n Promote the library in a positive light in the community n Increase youth involvement opportunities n Support healthy youth development

8 Everything to scale

9 Program This!

10 WHATS THE FREQUENCY: a how-to-do-it workshop But I put out the flyer - Stock excuse number #1 on why a program or service didnt meet expectations.

11 Exercise #1 n What are the biggest obstacles to getting teens and tweens to attend programs?

12 WHAT is programming for teens? n Staff intensive: n Involve a hired presenter: n Use a teen presenter with knowledge or expertise n Be totally teen planned, implemented and evaluated. n Be highly interactive on the teens own time and always available n Be almost spontaneous

13 1.Physical Activity 2. Competence and Achievement 3. Self-Definition 4. Creative Expression 5. Positive Social Interaction with Peers and Adults 6. Structure and Clear Limits 7. Meaningful Participation The Developmental Needs of Teenagers:

14 What types of programs appeal to teens? n Cultural - n Informational – n Educational n Recreational

15 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones n Exercise #2 n Dewey or dont we know good topics for school age programs?

16 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones

17 HOW do you plan teen programming? n Ideas n Ask and answer the 5Ws n Implementation n Evaluation n Education

18 5W 1H n WHAT IS THE PROGRAM: (title / description / objectives) n WHO IS THE AUDIENCE: (age, gender, target schools) n WHEN/WHERE WILL IT TAKE PLACE: (date, time, and location) n WHY WILL IT SUCCEED: (partnerships, youth involvement, development needs) n HOW WILL BE PROMOTED

19 What are examples of successful tween and teen programs?

20 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Teen drama club over the summer on weekly basis. Picked and then presented a play. Now, monthly basis.

21 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Card 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.

22 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE LSTA 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.

23 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE During 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.

24 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE T-shirt decoration: teens create their own t- shirts to wear when they volunteer.

25 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Program 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.

26 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Poster 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.

27 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE For Teen Read Week, photographer took pix of teens in various locations which were then used in libraries with slogans on them.

28 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Mystery night – written her own script, involving police department, etc. Clue(Upstart Doubledog Press Plano

29 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Teen Arcade in Gates training room

30 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Every time a teen attends a program or volunteers, ask them to give address and get invites to school programs.

31 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Last September turned volunteens in puppet performing troupe (puppet teens). Help prepare scripts, make props, develop scenery, and perform.

32 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Library 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

33 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Developed 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.

34 Connecting 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.

35 Connecting 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.

36 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Book 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.

37 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE For 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.

38 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Developed partnership with parks and recreation department. In their promotional materials, they advertise library programs. Similar programs with community education to promote library programs.

39 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Received 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

40 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Teen summer volunteer programs which allow teens opportunity to manage childrens summer reading program, help with programming duties, assist with shelving juvenile materials, and other tasks.

41 Connecting 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.

42 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Hammond Public Library Teen Pizza Game Night After Hours Program Battle of The Bands program held outside Funded by Friends of the Library and planned with Teen Advisory Board

43 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Clinton Public Library Movie 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.

44 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Youth Public Library Summer 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 Library Instant winner: put stop on certain books, if teen checked out book, would win something.

45 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Johnson County Acting workshop conducted by library staff member / community theater member.

46 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries IMCPL Teen 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.

47 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA IMCPL. 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.

48 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Westfield X-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.

49 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Chess club

50 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Westfield Intergenerational program of teens reading to seniors in nursing homes. YAHOO program; funded by United Way youth as resources.

51 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA Youth North Liberty Community Library, North Liberty Hired a teen library assistant and gave him responsibility for updating library webpage (his brother designed the original webpage as a teen volunteer)

52 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN Public Library Our TAB members wrote the script and put together a commercial to promote this years summer reading program. The citys 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.

53 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA Elementary 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.

54 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN 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.

55 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA Public Library/Iowa Role 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.

56 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA Rapids Public Library Mystery 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.

57 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN Summer reading program prize be librarian for a day – get to behind the desk, go shopping, buy stuff.

58 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES IN IOWA Bondurant Community Library – 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

59 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICES FROM INDIANA Monroe County Garage 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.

60 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Mokena Public Library Teen coffee house program: Held in activity room. Food and drink. Wednesdays after school.

61 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE Special 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

62 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries PROGRAMS Book 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.

63 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries YOUTH INVOLVE Teen summer volunteer programs which allow teens opportunity to manage childrens 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.

64 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE.Sleepovers at the library; issued library cards, story times, food, and staff involvement. Staff was there to supervise. 11 and 12 year old who were not primarily library users.

65 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries BEST PRACTICE PSAT study night: tips on how to take the PSAT. Teacher from Kaplan.

66 Program This! n Acting class n Author visit by Anna Pearl Barrett n ASPIRE Olympics n Bats! (Nature to go) n Bead crafts n Birthday bashes n Blue Gnus

67 Program This! n Ice Cream n Juneteenth n Kid Kix n Kung Fu n Mad Science n Magic show n Magic the gathering n Modeling with clay

68 Program This! n Clown show n Computer camps n Computer shirt n Father's Day craft n Fly: hip hop dance n FotoFest n Galveston trip n Game Days

69 Program This! n Scrapbook n Sign language n Snakes! n Solar system n SPCA n Stain glass craft n artist Teena Goldstein n Tie Dye shirt

70 n Exercise #3 n What are your successful teen and tween programs?

71 What are the elements of developing successful teen programs? n Popularity of the topic: n Promotion, not just publicity. n Making connections with what is happening in the lives of teenagers. n 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. n Youth involvement: n Define success and expectations n Partnering with schools, school group, and youth serving organization:

72 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PLAN DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM:

73 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones THE PROGRAMMING TAPESTRY n RECREATIONAL n EDUCATIONAL n CULTURAL n BUSINESS n YOUTH SERVING

74 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones PARTNERSHIP ROLES n COMMUNICATIVE n COOPERATIVE n COLLOBRATIVE

75 An equation for programming success n Collections plus cooperation plus customer focus equals success

76 Dont Tell, Sell: The importance of booktalking Patrick Jones Connecting Young Adults and Libraries

77 Don't Tell, Sell FAQS 1.What is booktalking? 2. Who is the audience? 3. What are the models? 4. What are the rules?

78 Don't Tell, Sell FAQS 1.What is booktalking? What it is and What it is not

79 Don't Tell, Sell FAQS 2. Who is the audience? n Teens n Teachers n Tepid managers

80 Don't Tell, Sell FAQS 3 What are the models? n BlurbsMusic n TrailersWWF n ComicsStories

81 Don't Tell, Sell FAQS 4. What are the rules? n Dos n Donts n Types

82 Don't Tell, Sell FAQS Types n Mood n Plot n Scene Character

83 Don't Tell, Sell 3 Golden rules n Remember the audiences wants n Remember the audiences needs n Be dramatic, not theatrical

84 Don't Tell, Sell Preparing n Reading n Writing n Performing

85 Don't Tell, Sell Preparing Reading n Themes n Lists n Collection sitters n Reviews/booktalks

86 Don't Tell, Sell Preparing Writing n Start with the ending n Write backwards n Notes/index cards n Look for the hook

87 Don't Tell, Sell Preparing Performing n Set rules n Relax and enjoy n Be realistic n Learn from mistakes

88 Don't Tell, Sell Improving 1.Learning the hooks 2. Learning the books 3. Learning the elements of success

89 Cliffhanger n Crazy Horse Electric Game by Chris Crutcher

90 Repetition n Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

91 Unexpected n The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

92 Know a secret n Staying Fat for Sarah Brynes by Chris Crutcher

93 Don't Tell, Sell Improving Learning the hooks n The Surprise Party

94 Don't Tell, Sell Improving Learning the books n What authors work n When and where Core list

95 Don't Tell, Sell Improving Learning the elements of success n Know the crowd, not too proud/too loud. n Speak to feelings, not lofty ceilings. n Don't just speak out; seek out.

96 Don't Tell, Sell n Use your style, not cards from a file. n Think stage, not printed page. n Be yourself, lose yourself. n No matter what you try, answer the questions "why" n Find the hook, push the book. n Don't tell, sell..

97 Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS 1.Questions to ask 2.How to begin/end/survive 3.What to include/what to leave out 4. Problems/solutions

98 Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS Questions to ask n demos n reading interests n reading levels n reading assignments n problems

99 Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS How to begin/end/survive n Get over n Leave with a question n Sense of humor

100 Don't Tell, Sell PREPARING PRESENTATIONS What to include/what to leave out n mix of formats n mix of materials mix of subjects

101 What are some of the best practices for promoting library services to teens? n Be a good host: n Be bilingual:. n Book reviews: n Book store look: Post new book covers using color copies from Amazon n Build transportation money into grants. n Cable access TV:

102 n Date due slips: n lists of teens: n Fast Food:. n Flyers which go anywhere but lying buried in a pile of other flyers. n Give away:. n Loyalty: n Mouse pads:

103 n Parks and recreation departments: n PTAs and other connectors: n Regular open house or program: n Reward teachers, other librarians, and library staff. n School announcements: n School newspaper: n School visits n Sell and show:

104 n Student ambassadors: n Student clubs: n Sun days: n Tickets n Use the calendar; n Web pages:. n Youth group and youth serving organizations n Youth involvement

105 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones THE NUMBER ONE WAY TO PLAN DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM:

106 Hardcover ISBN: Price: $ pages April 2004 Paperback ISBN: ISBN 13: Price: $ pages April 2006

107 Final thoughts n Date: Thu, 15 Sep :34: (PDT) n From: "Amanda n Subject: Hi I loved your book n To: n My name is Amanda!!! I am 15 years old and I have just finished reading your book "Things Change". It has been the most inspiring thing that I have read in my life!!! See normally I do not enjoy reading but, this book just captured me and sucked me in!!! I have never finished a whole book, but this one I read it in two days flat!!! I have never read a book that related so well to teens today. You were so real when you wrote this book I was shocked to find that this was your first book dedicated to teens!!! I only wish that you write more!!! The girl Johanna was so strong it only made feel good about my self!!! I could relate to every single thing in the book and it can only show to others that real things can happen to real people!!! And you told it like it was in the book..... I just wrote to tell you that you are now my favorite author!!! And I HOPE that you write many more teen books because I can guarantee you I will the first to get one!!!

108 nailed Hardcover ISBN: ISBN 13: Price: $ pages Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 April 2006

109 Chasing Tail Lights Hardcover ISBN: ISBN 13: Price: $ pages August 2007

110 For more information: n Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual, Third Edition By Patrick Jones, Michele Gorman, and Tricia Suellentrop n Neal-Schuman, July 2004 n /2 x pp.

111 Connecting Young Adults and Libraries Patrick Jones n Consulting, training, and coaching for providing powerful youth services including library card campaigns and web projects n


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