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1 The World Is Your Oyster Take Gritty Teens and Turn Them Into Pearls Presented By Melissa Hager Youth Services Coordinator Alexander County Library In Taylorsville, NC

2 Greetings from Mel’s Teens!

3 What Do These Folks Have In Common? John Lennon Paul McCartney George Harrison Anne Frank Mick Jagger Keith Richards Warren Buffet Katie Couric Mark Zuckerburg Bill Gates Oprah Winfrey Mozart Renoir Calvin Klein 17 15 14 14 18 18 14 17 13 17 17 14 13 16 This is how old they were when they began doing what they do (or did) to be known the whole world over!

4 Defining a Teen Never in your life will be so rebellious. You have been alive just long enough to know everything! You know what older people do (what they listen to, read, watch on TV, art), needs improvement. You haven’t been beaten down by the rules of society yet and aren’t afraid. Sometimes (see Lennon and McCartney), different wins.

5 Philosophic Rules of Dealing With Teens 1. KISS it! Keep It Simple, Sweetie! 2. Teens (or anyone for that matter) won’t care what you know, until they know that you care.

6 How Can You Show You Care? 1. Feed them. (See The Apple Bite recipe. ) 2. Remember their names. 3. Remember what they like to read, or the music they like, or their obsession with Justin Bieber, or Twilight, or The Hunger Games, etc. 4. Encourage their talents – art, writing, music, math, science… 5. Let them see you order a book for them. Make sure they know they’re first on the list to check it out.

7 Volunteerism The fastest way to get anyone to love something is to get them directly involved.

8 Collaboration Never miss an opportunity to get businesses and other organizations involved in your programs. Friends of the Library and Trustees. Coffee houses, Wal-Mart, Target Local restaurants – BoJangle’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Pizza Parlors Don’t forget to give them lots of kudos publicly on your FaceBook page, Tweets and news agencies.

9 The Program Is The Thang!

10 Field Trips

11 Book Store Buyathon Susie Serrano with Paradise Branch of Butte County Library, in Paradise, California, arms teens with budget money and takes them to book stores once a year to select books. Talk about empowerment!

12 YAYATRIPSYAYATRIPS Dinner and A Movie Dining With An Author

13 Interested teens joined a field trip to the NC Museum of Art to view the Rembrandt Collection. 35 teens were provided tickets, transportation, food and fun for a day. The Alexander Friends of the Library sponsored the trip.

14 Teen Programming Book Clubs Manga and Anime Lovers Writers’ Groups Lock-Ins Artists Gamers Poetry Slams Mad Scientists! Let’s Make Videos!

15 YAYAs

16 “Too many adults wish to 'protect' teenagers when they should be stimulating them to read of life as it is lived.” ― Margaret A. EdwardsMargaret A. Edwards

17 A Collaboration A Whole Lot of Fun!

18 Teen Poetry Happens @ The Bean

19 Poetry Tips Acrostics Use letters of name to describe self with each letter Quatrains 4 lines with the 2 nd and 4 th lines rhymed and variations Couplets 2 lines with the ends rhymed Rhyme Games Word Circles Blackout Poetry Use magazine page blacked out except for the words you keep


21 Lock-Ins

22 National Lock-In Keep an eye out for news and sign ups. First Friday night in August – all 50 states can be involved. Alaska had a library participate this year. “Thanks for the great organization everyone! It was nice to be a part of something bigger, especially way up here in Alaska.” – Claudia Haines, Homer Public Library Games are played by teens within your library and/or between other libraries. – Minute To Win It – Photo Scavenger Hunt – Wii/PS Author visits

23 Thriller Dance


25 We Are The Champions! Our teens won the national Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Zombie Lockin!

26 Make Connections Across The USA! You have a great start here at ARSL to find other libraries with which to connect! Use Skype – It’s Free! Troll the web for ice breaker ideas. Plan Minute To Win It challenges. Share friends codes and set up a Wii game online. Make a video of the experience and post it to share. <3 (Remember to always obtain video permission!)

27 Meet Me In Paradise


29 Hunger Games Party Plan Let teens create video invite Be sure to collaborate with a local business or Friends group and give great coverage! Have contests around the book – Rue Whistle Contest – Reenact Death Scenes – Wii Archery – Costume Contest – Free Form Creation (Poem, Song, Art, Photography)

30 Our Hunger Games Promo

31 Death Scenes Reenactment

32 Next Up! November 9, 2012 from 7 pm – 8 am! 7 th grade and up… and we mean up! (If you’re 65 and love Twilight, you can come, too! We’re watching all 4 movies, playing Twilight trivia games, and battling Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. Alexander County Library’s All Girls Twilight Slumber Party!

33 Use Your Social Media

34 Use Every Form of Media You’ve Got! Write those articles for your local newspaper. No one can get across the wonderful things you are doing like you! If you have a local radio station, get on there with a radio personality and pump up your programs. Use your local government channel if you have one. Make videos (or have a camera wielding teen do it) to promote programming. Blog about your programs. Blogs are free to set up.

35 How To Find Mel E-mail – FaceBook at Mel Hager in Taylorsville, NC Miss Mel’s Blog at YouTube at Twitter at HagerMel

36 The Apple Bite 1 loaf of thin sliced white bread, crusts removed ¼ cup sugar 1 brick (8 oz) cream cheese Yolk of 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup prepared apple pie filling, diced 1 stick butter 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon, mixed Blend softened cream cheese with ¼ cup sugar. Beat in the yolk only of 1 large egg. Add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup of apple pie filling and mix into cream cheese mixture. Remove crusts from the bread slices and flatten each slice with a rolling pin. Spread heaping tablespoon of batter evenly over bread slice. Roll into a stick. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt stick of butter in one bowl. Have cinnamon sugar mixture in another bowl. Roll stick in butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 20 minutes. Cut into thirds. Bon appetit! Art by YAYA/TPH member, Rebecca Chapman

37 Remember The Goal Libraries will survive as long as the next generation holds it as a valuable institution. Give those kids awesome memories of their library now – for their future and yours!

38 Thanks for coming! Have a wonderful conference experience!

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