2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominees announced — plus a giveaway

the logo for YALSA's Teens' Top TenYALSA has officially announced the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees — and they’ll be giving away sets of the nominees!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country selected by YALSA to participate (including the Salem Public Library!).

This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The nominees are: Continue reading

F*Ups and Outreach: A Day in the Life of a Teen Services Librarian

This post is by Kristy Kemper Hodge, Teen Services Librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Want more f*ups or to share your own? Join us at OLA for Many Points of Failure: One Big F*%!up.

You know that moment: You’re at an outreach site, setting up for some totally rad, yet totally-new-to-you activity, and you realize you forgot a key supply!

This moment came when I was unpacking materials and setting up my station for creating lava lamps at Cheldelin Middle School earlier this month as a pop-up maker event I was leading in the school library. I had totally forgotten the key ingredient: food coloring! How could we make colorless lava lamps? Who had even heard of such a thing?

And yet … that was not the f*up of the day. While the school librarian phoned the cafeteria, asking about food coloring, she missed by triumphant, “HUZZAH! It was here all along!” that I shouted across the school library. In between classes, of course.

No. The real f*up came right as I was leading a library full of eager, wide-eyed, and excited middle schoolers through the very first step of creating their own lava lamp. Continue reading

Diverse Voices in Teen Reads: A Book List

This booklist [pdf] comes from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and features books for teens that represent a diversity of lived experiences.

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
An in-depth account of Claudette Colvin, an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
An anthology of art and writings from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
An account of the 1944 civil rights protest by hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who refused to work in unsafe conditions.

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A narrative history of the Motown music label.

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Finding Funding Case Study: The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library Teen Space

Golden dollar bill signs hang from fishing line, dark shadows cast behind themIt can be tough to find funding for all of the great ideas you want to make happen at your library. In this occasional series, we’ll highlight different funding sources you may not know about or may not know how to tap.

Last July, the Dalles-Wasco County Public Library opened their new teen area, the Athenaeum. The space includes a digital media lab, a DIY maker bar, a video game lounge, and a study nook — and was only possible because of the many different donors and funders that supported the project. We talked to Megan Hoak, Teen Services Coordinator, to learn more about how the library secured the funding for this exciting renovation. Her responses have been lightly edited for publication on the blog.

Tell me about the initial conversations around budget when your new teen space was being planned. Who was in charge of the financial aspect of the renovation? At what point did you decide to seek outside funding?

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