Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets, but short on staff time? Turn to your teens for help by having them apply for a Teens Teaching Tech grant. Chronicle has a galley for every reader in its giveaway basket, including The Spiritglass Charade, with its captivating cover. And it’s time for teens to vote for their favorites from the YALSA Teens’ Top Ten 2014 nominee list!
Teens Teach Tech Grants Application Now Available
Teen advisory groups can apply for a $250 grant from Volunteen Nation to hold a Teens Teaching Tech program in the library. Teens Teaching Tech is a workshop series designed to provide older adults with one-on-one support with their modern devices from teens in the community, and to foster and cultivate intergenerational relationships.
Volunteen Nation supplies the training materials and funding for promotional flyers, print-outs and volunteer staff T-shirts. You can find out the very simple grant application here; just get your teens to do it by midnight EST September 15.
Trio of Galley Giveaways from Chronicle Books
In The Spiritglass Charade, a “Stoker & Holmes” novel by Colleen Gleason, Sherlock Homes’s niece Mina and Bram Stoker’s sister Evaline use their wits and clever contraptions to investigate crime in Victorian steampunk London. Click here to request an advance copy.
The bully becomes the bullied in Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt. This is a heartrending—and hilarious—novel in verse. Click here to request.
Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper was a huge hit at ALA in Las Vegas. Three friends go on a wacky adventure into space to win the lowrider contest and make their dreams to open a garage come true. Space facts and Spanish vocabulary bring this intergalactic adventure down to earth. A free galley is available here.
Teens’ Top Reads Voting is Open
Teens’ Top Ten, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Voting opened August 15 and runs through Teen Read Week, which is taking place October 12-18. Readers ages 12 to 18 can vote online on the YALSA website; the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week. Check out the trailer below for a quick overview of the 25 nominated titles.
The top ten titles will be announced on October 20, so be sure to check back for the list of winners.
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