November 22, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Contests, Awards, and Giveaways for Librarians Serving Teens

A roundup of free resources, creative programming ideas, and the chance to nominate an outstanding community member or institution for the National Medal of Honor.

Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program | Art Resources

DUC art booksThe Distribution to Underserved Communities Library Program (DUC) distributes books on contemporary art and culture free of charge to rural and inner-city libraries, schools and alternative reading centers nationwide. Public schools, libraries, and community centers within the U.S. that are located in either rural or inner-city communities are eligible to receive free materials from the DUC.

Visit the DUC program website for more information on available titles, enrollment process, and ordering information.

Getting Creative with Duct Tape

Did you know that duct tape is a $150 million a year industry in the United States, and has
grown 18-20 percent per year since 2007? In fact, Duck Brand duct tape, a major manufacturer of the multipurpose adhesive, today sells 200 different colors and designs, up from 11 in 1997.

StickyFingers_SophieMaletsky_ZestBooksLibrarians looking for a fun way to help teens express their creativity—without breaking the bank—will want to give Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects (Zest Books, $16.99 US: ISBN 978-1-936976-54-6) by Sophie Maletsky a look. This fully illustrated, step-by-step guide begins with the basics of brands and types of tapes, goes through essential techniques, and then offers detailed instructions for projects for home, for school and to wear—everything from backpacks to cell phone holders, book covers, bags, wallets, and more.

Zest Books is giving SLJTeen readers a chance to win a copy of Sticky Fingers along with several rolls of duct tape donated by Duct tape walletSimply e-mail Zest Books your mailing address and let them know what your teens want to make with duct tape. Five winners will be chosen at random from all entries received by midnight, June 25 and will be notified via email by June 30. As a bonus for librarians planning activities using duct tape, check out these sample projects and activity guide here for free.

Outstanding Community Service Recognized: The National Medal for Museum and Library Service

nationalmedalThe National Medal for Museum and Library Service honors outstanding institutions that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Selected institutions demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service, exceeding the expected levels of community outreach. The winners are honored at a National Medal award ceremony held in Washington, D.C.

The next deadline for nominations is October 15. View the complete nomination instructions and forms for more information.

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Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."