The Teens of Salem Public Library Win the Summer Reading Video Contest

Congratulations to Salem Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board and Teen Librarian Sonja Somerville for winning the 2016 teen summer reading video challenge! Watch their winning video online now.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016. For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition received a monetary award of $150 and the awards can be used as each winner sees fit. You can watch the winning videos from other states on the CSLP website.

You may use any of these videos to promote your own summer reading program!They are great for posting on your website and social media.

If you think teens at your library might want to participate in CSLP’s Teen Video Challenge, start planting the idea in their heads now so they’re motivated to create their own video for the 2017 teen summer reading video challenge. The 2017 summer reading theme and slogan will be Build A Better World. Information about participating in the 2017 Teen Video Challenge will be sent out next winter.

 

2014 ALA Annual Las Vegas Highlights and Celebrating the Alex Award

By Danielle Jones, Multnomah County Library-Hollywood

ALALasVegasThere is nothing like 13,000 library folk descending on Sin City during 110-degree weather. How is one to don their favorite cardigan in that? Outside of the conference, 110-degree weather makes for some interesting fashion choices, or should I say complete lack of fashion choice, it is amazing what you do with a little duct tape, (and I wish I could say a little goes a long way, but not always).

OYAN was kind enough to give me scholarship to help fund the cost of attending the conference. This year I am currently serving as administrative assistant to the Alex Award Committee, so most of my time spent at the conference was in committee meetings. Still, there was enough networking and tapping into the buzz to know what the big takeaways of the conference were.

If you haven’t had a chance to read through YALSA’s The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action already, you can start with the executive summary, but it is worth your while to delve deeper into the full report. Many workshops focused on supporting libraries in the ways outlined in the report in “How will we get there? What do libraries need to do?” The steps it sees are:

Embracing our role as facilitator rather than expert.

  1. Refocusing beyond our traditional roles and traditional measurements of success.
  2. Partnering strategically to reach beyond the library’s walls.
  3. Creating a whole-library and whole-school approach to serving teens in physical spaces and online.
  4. Supporting library staff in gaining new skills.

Colleagues that were able to attend workshops commented that many focused on supported Connected Learning. Traci Glass of the Eugene Public Library commented during the Summer OYAN meeting in reference to the conference and Connected Learning is that “many of us are already doing this.” We all care about creating interesting, thoughtful programs for our teens that meet their interests and information needs. For myself, getting a better understanding of the philosophy behind Connected Learning has really helped to put my work with teens into focus, and has given me better tools to advocate for the work that we do.

Alex-AWARDSWinner_lowres Serving this year as the administrative assistant to the Alex Award Committee has been an enlightening experience. I am not an actual voting member, my main duties so far have been to serve as liaison between the committee and publishers, keep the group organized, support the chair, and research eligibility. As a fairly new youth librarian, I have spent a lot of time focused on learning all that I can about the books published as YA that I have forgotten how as a teen it was mainly adult books that I read outside of school that showed me that there was more out there to look forward in life, and showed me the power of writing. Books like Minor Characters by Joyce Johnson, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Tan’s The Joy Luck Club are all books that I remember being pivotal to me as a teen reader. I see the Alex Award as fostering that. Turning teens into lifelong readers by highlighting some of the best books out there that they can find beyond the teen bookshelves in the library and bookstore.

Past Alex Award are great to be familiar with for those harder reader’s advisory moments where you have the teen that has read everything. It is exciting to see a couple of past winners (Ready Player One and Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore) on this year’s Oregon Battle of the Books. The 2014 titles is another fantastic list with my personal favorites of Abigail Tarttelin’s Golden Boy, John Searles’ Help for the Haunted, and Lucy Knisley’s Relish just to name a few. To read more on the Alex Awards Presentation from ALA Annual, Paige Battle, 2015 Alex Award Chair and Grant High School Librarian in Portland wrote a great piece for YALSA’s Hub http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/07/08/ala-2014-the-alex-awards-presentation/. The Alex Award winners are so important to teens to bridge the transition from teen reader to lifelong reader and have a place in all collections serving teens.

Alex Awards Collage

 

 

 

Beaverton City Library’s 55 Fiction Contest!

The Beaverton City Library is once again running a 55 Fiction Contest! Teens in grades 6-12 are challenged to write a story in just 55 words! Our fantastic Library Foundation is sponsoring this contest, so the prizes are pretty sweet. The contest is only open to teens in Washington County, but I’m attaching the flyer to this post. Feel free to replicate or modify the contest guidelines to fit your library! We find that we get the most response from shorter, less rigidly-defined creative writing contests!

Beaverton’s 55 Fiction Contest Entry Form and Guidelines (November 2010)

Teens & Texting

Does your library use text messaging to reach your patrons? Do you send out holds or overdue notices via text? Or do you alert your teens to upcoming programs by texting them? Here’s the latest report by the Pew Internet & American Live Project about teens and their use of cell phones and texting.

Teens, Cell Phones and Texting: Text Messaging Becomes Centerpiece Communication by Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project, April 20, 2010. URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1572/teens-cell-phones-text-messages

Summary of Findings
The mobile phone has become the favored communication hub for the majority of American teens.

“Cell-phone texting has become the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, with cell calling a close second. Some 75% of 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, up from 45% in 2004. Those phones have become indispensable tools in teen communication patterns. Fully 72% of all teens2 — or 88% of teen cell phone users — are text-messagers. That is a sharp rise from the 51% of teens who were texters in 2006. More than half of teens (54%) are daily texters.”
Read the full report here: URL: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1572/teens-cell-phones-text-messages