July 2011

Summer Activity Series for Teens

Programming Librarian seems to be on a teen programming streak lately, so I thought I’d add one more. In addition to the usual summer reading program, the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library is hosting a series of special teen activities through July and August. The Try It @ Your Library Teen Camps will cover a variety of topics, from crafts, to illustration and visual arts, to performing arts, to technology and science:

Harry Potter @ your library

Movie posters for the second installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows remind fans that “it all ends,” but a visit to the local library might yield some different thoughts.

Libraries are keeping the Harry Potter tradition alive with a variety of programs for people of all ages in celebration of the movie’s release. Below are just a few examples of how libraries got involved in the celebration:

Get Your Teens Anime-ted

Fortunate to have a librarian, Melanie Fitz, who is also a manga artist, the Carroll County (Md.) Public Library recently held Getting Graphic: Drawing Comics and Manga for teens aged 11 to 17 in two of the library’s branches. Through demonstrations and detailed explanations of the way she draws manga characters, Fitz helped the teens learn manga’s style rules (and that it was okay to break them).

Sprinkle, Mold, Blend, Create: Cooking Programs for Teens

There is no question that free food brings teenagers to library programs. Whether it’s a book discussion with free pizza, a teen movie night with buttered popcorn, or chips and pretzels on a gaming night, free food is enough incentive for teens to show up, hang out, and slowly make their way toward the Doritos. At times, we use it to get teens away from their Facebook profiles and into our programs. But with that said, there is nothing wrong with free food. Teens often use public libraries and attend teen programs to socialize with friends.

New for July at EDSITEment

It’s July, summer is in full swing, and EDSITEment celebrates American leisure as well as remembers the Battle of Bull Run on its 150th anniversary and looks at worlds of Shakespeare and Beatrix Potter.

Featured Library: Hennepin County Libraries

The Hennepin County Libraries in the Minneapolis area are embracing the new and cherishing the old with their summer-long exhibition “For Use: 125 Years of Library Service in Hennepin County.” Held at the Minneapolis Central Library, the exhibition will celebrate the history of the libraries in town and commemorate the work that they have done (and continue to do) to bring the community together.

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