In big and small ways, collaboration is a way of life for many school and public libraries. From teen book festivals to maker space initiatives, they are working together to bring new services and programs to their young adults.
Viktoria Henderson used social media and word of mouth to get local celebrities, from the Tennessee governor and his wife to author Nikki Giovanni, to make video booktalks for her students.
The mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, shares his city’s successful—and replicable—collections and renovations partnership with Nashville Public Library’s Limitless Libraries and Metro Nashville Public Schools.
Friendly authors, provocative programming, and the thrill of presenting were among the high points at YALSA’s fourth Young Adult Literature Symposium in Austin, TX.
Libraries, authors, and world-famous chefs, including Chez Panisse’s Alice Waters, are stepping in to ensure that children and teens are food literate, from providing food itself to incorporating lessons on nutrition, food sourcing, and gardening into curriculum and literature.
Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.
At the California Library Association’s Annual (CLA) Conference, iREAD’s Summer Reading Program was the focus, including next summer’s theme: Read to the Rhythm. Librarians shared creatives tips and ideas for Read to the Rhythm in every age group.
ALA’s International Games Day, on November 15, brought together hundreds of libraries around the world to participate in gaming, including a battle-to-the-death tournament of Minecraft won by a middle-schooler from Providence, RI.
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in over 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed. And there are plenty of incentives to join in.
With the school librarian playing head chef, students at Sayre Junior/Senior High School in Sayre, PA kicked off a book tasting to celebrate new books and a love of reading. The delicious result? A big boost in circ stats, library card sign-ups, and collaboration between the school and public library.
Two California teens decided to share their love for math and coding and began a nonprofit, Math and Coding, through which they offer free coding classes at public at libraries throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
Supporting literacy comes in many forms, and Nashville (TN) Public Library’s puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, are part of a broader early literacy strategy that can be emulated by parents, educators, and other library programs.
School Library Journal has a new blog: “Teen Librarian Toolbox” (TLT). A professional development hub for teen librarians created by Karen Jensen, TLT has been a popular resource, featuring book reviews, coverage of exemplary teen programming, technology, and social and developmental issues related to teenagers.
National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.
Tag your photographs #FolklifeHalloween2014 to contribute to the Library of Congress’s live photostream of American Halloween images.
Check out SLJ’s current recommendations for Halloween reads, apps, and spine-tingling fun for all ages.
Teens historians participating in an internship program at the New-York Historical Society curated a 2014 time capsule that is slated to be opened in 100 years.
Forget centralized programming, adapted kid activities, and advisory boards. Teen activities should be patron-driven, dynamic, and constantly in flux.
Fund an author visit with help from the Maureen Hayes Award, win a set of Jasper Fforde titles, and discover a new source of STEM materials for students.
Young adult librarian Elise Sheppard of Lone Star College-Cyfair Branch Library spearheaded an initiative to offer college readiness programs and give high schoolers a leg up before they get on campus.