April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Creepify Your Library: Molly Wetta Curates SLJ’s Halloween Pinterest Board

All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching, and the holiday is prime time for bringing teens into the library. In need of some inspiration in advance of Halloween? Look no further than School Library Journal’s Halloween Library Ideas Pinterest board. Blogger and collection development librarian at the Lawrence Public Library, KS, Molly Wetta has curated SLJ’s board, showcasing displays, program ideas, YA lit picks, and more.


Edgar Allan Poe display. Saved from creativelibrarydisplays.blogspot.com

“My favorites for programming are the candy science (teens love this as much as kids, and can do more advanced projects) and the pumpkin book art,” says Wetta. As for the books, she feels that a combination of classic horror and new titles are just right for highlighting scary events in October. “For display, I love doing an Edgar Allan Poe theme and including all the recent YA inspired by him, classics, and Edgar Award winners.”

The member manager at YALSA’s blog “The Hub,” Wetta has pinned her favorite selections of book displays, program ideas, and signage for the yearly event. She will continue to pin new ideas as the holiday approaches. (She’s really looking forward to adding more Stranger Things–related suggestions.)

In addition to reviewing YA titles, Wetta blogs about YA book trends, feminism in teen literature, and how librarians can use social media to reach their students and patrons at “Wrapped Up in Books.”


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Shelley Diaz About Shelley Diaz

Shelley M. Diaz (sdiaz@mediasourceinc.com) is School Library Journal's Reviews Team Manager and SLJTeen newsletter editor. She has her MLIS in Public Librarianship with a Certificate in Children’s & YA Services from Queens College, and can be found on Twitter @sdiaz101.

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