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Innovation Frustration

Innovation is a word that’s used around libraries a lot. Merriam-Webster defines innovation as “the introduction of something new” and “a new idea, method, or device.”1 According to MerriamWebster.com, innovation is in the top 1 percent of lookups.2 Obviously a lot of people are talking about, and interested in, innovation. And this is no different […]

Don’t Forget the Tweens

Teen services in the library cover a large age group from middle school to high school. But what about that group of preteens or tweens? My library gets a large crowd for storytime with toddlers and preschoolers. And we even get a good group for younger school age programs. But once our patrons start becoming tweens, we start to see a drop in attendance at our programs and this sometimes carries over into our teen programs. We want to create a bridge between children’s and teen programming so we program just for tweens.

YA Crossovers, Part One: Oldies But Goodies

According to a 2012 Publisher’s Weekly article, 55 percent of published young adult (YA) books are purchased by adults.1 YA librarians everywhere knew that this was nothing new—adults have been clamoring for YA literature since the rise of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games series. Now, of course, this could mean adults are purchasing books for the teens in their lives, but it also shows that adults are not shying away from reading YA titles. I know that holds true in my library, where patrons and staff are eagerly awaiting the next book in a popular YA series as much as the teens. Adults are discovering that some of the best literature being written right now is happening in the YA world; it tends to be faster-paced, shorter (although that’s not always true), and more character-driven than adult literature. There is also a wealth of genres to choose from. As an avid reader, I personally find YA literature to be more engaging, interesting, and just all around fun compared to the “grown up” stuff. I still read adult books now and then, but you can’t tear me away from a good YA novel. Introducing adults to the amazing YA literature available is one of my favorite parts of readers’ advisory and I love that more adults are discovering this exciting area of literature that YA librarians have been raving about for years.

Promoting the Printz Award

During 2012, I spent every spare moment of my time reading and rereading young adult (YA) literature. As part of the 2013 Printz Committee, I joined eight of my fellow librarians in reading and discussing books. It was one of the highlights of my career. I learned so much about reading critically, discussing books, and evaluating literature, and these are skills that will stay with me and help me become a better librarian.

Working with Teens It’s Everyone’s Job

I attended an Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) National Institute a few years ago where one of the guest speakers was a teen librarian. She made a joke about how she enjoyed being in a room of children’s librarians because they were so warm, welcoming, and cheerful whereas teen librarians were angsty, moody, […]

Teaching Teens About Digital Literacy Through Programming

As technology is becoming more and more a daily part of teen’s lives, digital literacy educator is becoming a part of the teen librarian’s job description. In 2011, the American Library Association’s Digital Literacy Task Force defined digital literacy as, “the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, […]

The Cybils Awards

Awards season is approaching and I have to admit that book awards are my favorite time of year. I love making predictions with my fellow librarians and then waiting for announcement day to see if our guesses were correct. In addition to the American Library Association (ALA) Youth Media Awards, winter is also the time […]