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What on earth am I going to do?

Another place to brainstorm some teen programs.



Crafty Librarian


More fun and Modern craft ideas for teens




Click here to see brainstorming ideas, a place to add your own items to the Plot Twist decider and more.




Breaking Dawn comes out August 2, 2008

Have the event for end of summer, or have it for Teen Read Week (Books With Bite)?




Print out copies of the movie poster



Barnes & Noble on north Wadsworth is having a midnight Vampire Prom and Release Party. Any other Barnes & Nobles doing this? Boulder Bookstore (yay!) is partnering with Boulder Public and having a Vampire Prom and release party on August 1st at 10pm. YIP YIP YIP!


Anybody having luck planning a blood donation event? Tricky, since most teens are too young to donate blood. But the SAW movie ones are so successful, I feel libraries should try this for Meyer or for a Halloween event



Hugely successful (no pun intended) program from Cassie Wilson at Rowlett, TX, based in the books by Stephenie Meyer. Things in direct quotes have been take from her email posting. Those of you on ya-yaac@ala.org list will have seen this program. So what kinds of things could you do for an Eclipse/Vampire prom?


Decor: Black and Red streamers, silver and gold ribbon, printouts or mockups of the book covers


Food: Red punch. Bowls of apples. Cookies with red frosting.


Supplies: Glow-in-the-Dark Vampire Teeth?


$4.95/72 pieces



Crafts: Gocks (goth sock puppets)


Crafts: "the committee had made little magnets with clear melted marbles (the big ones, a little bigger than a quarter) using little tiny printouts of the cover of Twilight or a fancy printing of "Edward" glued to the backs with a magnet glued behind them for everybody, so everyone went home with stuff. " See Michael's instructions on this, http://teenprograms.pbwiki.com/MarbleMagnets


Program: Show the movie Blood and Chocolate (once you pay proper permissions to the licensing company)


Program: Costume Contest ("They voted on best Vamp outfit, best Dressiest, Craziest, and best Casual. ")


Program: Dance using the Stephenie Meyer playlist for this book (copyright issues??)


Program: Book discussion of Meyer books, vampire romance books, monster books, etc.


Program: Chess tournament, since chess is featured on the book cover


Program: Blood donation drive. According to American research papers, teens are too young to donate blood, but they could dress up like vampires and hand out the cookies and punch. But NOT quite as violent as this SAW III and SAW IV Blood Drives,





I'm trying to think of a way to attach an invite to the event to all the teen vampire fiction books in our collection (not just the Meyer ones). Some thoughts thus far:


1) A Prospector-type slip, taped over the righthand side of the bookcover. This would not impeded checkout (would be taped in place so it doesn't cover the barcode). But it might have to be replaced each time the book comes back.


2) A bookmark inserted into the book, potentially made with or out of a wide red ribbon to match the Eclipse cover.


3) Use a wide red ribbon to make the Prospector-type slip


4) put a note in the III record to alert people checking out the book about the party. We do something similar for our Instant Winner books - just a note that pops up on the screen when the item is checked out.



p.s. Kriska, Gigi, and Erica - if any of you are planning similar events, should we make one generic slip that goes on the outside of all of our teen vampire fiction - a slip that promotes the release party events at Louisville, Broomfield, and Boulder (since we have a combined catalog).







Creative Writing Teachers

Spring Lea Henry, Grumpy Dragon Publishing



Ellen Orleans (Poetry workshops, creative writing, altered books, etc.)

Ask Mary McC at BPL or Patty F at Lafayette!





Hummingbird Henna Designs, Anita Bohrer


Has done programs for Emily Dagg at DPL, Tara Michelli at Englewood, Marie McColley at JeffCoPL







Flipbooks (from Michael Cox at Pueblo)






The flipbook idea is a hot one in Pueblo right now. I downloaded the free software (free unless you plan to sell your flipbooks) onto a USB drive. This makes it unnecessary to contact the tech dept. for instillation permission. Here's how the program went:


1. Show examples of completed flipbooks

2. Provide paper, markers, etc in case they would like to make signs or props

3. Film their very short videos (like 2 sec.) using a digital camera's movie function

4. Connect camera to computer and drag the movie file into the open Flipbook Creator window

5. Easily edit out beginning and end of video to print only what you'd like (I've found certain preferences to be helpful. Feel free to contact me for more specifics.)

6. Teens cut each page numbered frame along marked crop lines and clip them together with a binder clip


Once the teens warmed up the concept, they came up with some great ideas like reversing the order of pages to show backward action, making a flipbook of a flipbook, etc. We ended up displaying their creations as art in an exhibit titled "Flipbooks: Telling a two second story."


I have redone this program as "Flipbook Valentine Cards" recently and it was a big draw (especially after seeing the flipbook exhibit. We used a simple format: Hold up a pre-made Valentine signs directly in front of your face, when I say go drop the sign and wave/blow kisses/be crazy until I say stop.


Have fun with this!


Michael Cox

Youth/Teen Librarian

Pueblo City-County Library District






What are the basics that have worked for everybody on running a book group, either at your school or public library?


I'm glad someone brought this up because I have been working on putting together book bags for teen book clubs, and would like to share them or check them out to other libraries. Maybe we can do a CYAAL-wide sharing program. The bags include between 4 and 8 books (because sometimes they don't all come back) and a notebook with discussion questions, which can be added to (what works, what doesn't, etc). I can post a list of what I have so far if anyone is interested. Let me know - Julie.


Get the teens involved

This is always step ONE, isn't it? Asking the teens how it has worked in the past, what they'd like to see done, what their expectations are and what they'd like to get out of this group.


Selecting Books

Who gets to select the books? Do the teens get to select them in a Round Robin? Or do you put the selections up on a board and let them vote (secretly)?


If you are in a school setting, will you need to get permission for particular titles? Odds are, if you have the title in your school library already, it is less likely to be challenged.


Are you going to discuss one book per session, or try to discuss overall genres? Probably easiest to start out with one title per session.


Getting Books

Check with your fellow librarian at the school or public library. Check with the English and Literacy teachers to see if they have collections.


If possible, get someone to sponsor the BC (Friends, local business, school activity fund). That way, you can purchase paperback copies of the books you want to discuss, and have those available for future groups.


Promotion and Marketing

Talk to your local artistic teens, or to the school art teachers, about doing art contests related to the titles for each month. Use the teen art as posters for the promotion of the group.


Day of Prep

Snacks - if you're having snacks, get them prepped ahead of time


Hit the local junk shop or dollar store for some distinctive cups or mugs. Reserve the use of these for the BC, for your own coffee house kind of feel.


Be ready to start on the dot, especially if you have a limited time frame (ex. school lunch hour).


To encourage promptness, have a tiny giveaway (fancy pencil, copy of the book, coupon to school store, etc.) that is given out in a prize drawing to one of the teens who shows up on time. Once teens realize they will miss out if they aren't on time, they'll be more likely to show up on time.



Book Group Resources:


Support article for SSR (Silent Sustained Reading), in case you want to give the group time to READ the book during a school period. So give them time to read one week and discuss the next?


TeenReads.com Teen Book Clubs

Includes guides on starting and running a book club, plus choosing what to read.


Teens at Random - How to Start a Readers Circle


Harper Teen: Thinking About Starting a Reading Group?


HarperCollins - Teen Reading Group Resources (Reading Guides)


Simon Says: Check Your Pulse Bookclub Information


Random House for High School Teachers


Hachette Book Group for Teens




Comments (1)

Anonymous said

at 2:15 pm on Nov 7, 2007

How to start a teen book group? That was my question about a year ago. Luckily, I found a wonderful resource, a book, "The Teen-centered Book Club: Readers into Leaders" by Bonnie Kunzel and Constance Hardesty. I read this book pretty much cover to cover and dove in head first to the project. I started the teen Book Group at the Columbine Public Library, part of Jefferson County in June 2007. I choose the first book and made a little flyer to advertise it in the packet of Summer Reading Club materials we handed to each teen. I also made a short list of additional books for attending teens to vote on. The first meeting was actually our biggest to date - 5 attendees. We didn't really get to discuss the book much because we were focused on naming the group and choosing the next books. I let the group choose the next two books. I got ideas from the "Teen-Centered Book Club" and from the teens themselves. At our second meeting, I had choose the book and only 1 girl showed up. Our third meeting, we had three girls show up and we discussed a book one of them recommended. They were all middle school girls and bickered amongst themselves. I feared for the future of my group. I had made a list of about 25 titles that Julie Richards suggested and that I heard about at the Teen Literature Conference. I gave the girls a short summary of each book and they choose 8 books to cover the meetings until the next school year. Our Graphics Department made a large bookmark containing all the titles so that teens could pick these up at the library and have a chance to read the books ahead of time. I had no one show up for our 4th meeting. I was crushed. However, two girls showed up for meeting #5 and we had a great discussion on the Gospel According to Larry. The librarian who runs the Adult Book Group here tells me not to get discouraged. It took her a year to get a good following for her group.

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