If you know teens, you know they are into anime. There are numerous ways to utilize the teen’s love of anime into library programming: host an anime club, participate in Free Comic Book Day, art contests, and more. But what if you want to go even bigger? How about putting on a library anime CON (convention)?
America is rich in opinions. This is especially true when it comes to its politics. Between newspaper and magazine columns and television and radio commentary, it is always easy to find pundits from both ends of the political spectrum freely airing their views on any number of subjects. But although opinion pieces leave plenty of room for flaunting biases, that doesn’t excuse flouting the facts. And the reader must still determine whether opinions have a basis in fact—and whether the writer presents them with integrity and credibility.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced Monday, July 29, 2013, its new partnership with Soho Teen in promoting Teen Read Week, which will be celebrated October 13–19 with the theme “Seek the Unknown @ your library.”
American Library Association President Barbara Stripling unveiled the “Declaration for the Right to Libraries” during a signing ceremony at Nashville Public Library. The Declaration is the cornerstone document of Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types—academic, special, school and public. Stripling’s initiative will focus on transformative library practices in literacy, innovation, and community engagement.
Launched by Youth Services librarian Susan Conlon at Princeton (N.J.) Public Library in 2003, the Princeton Student Film and Video Festival was developed to “to encourage and support the work of youth filmmakers in a range of genres and styles, with the opportunity and a venue for the filmmakers to show their work to a broad audience.” Free of charge to enter, the festival is open to young adults ages fourteen to twenty-five.
I stumbled across a mention of a library hosting its own Minecraft server and offering regular teen programming, and thought, “What a great idea!” Turns out a lot of libraries have had that thought, too, and Minecraft has become a popular way of getting teens into libraries.
Before we get into library programming, however, some information for those of you who aren’t Minecraft experts. The official Minecraft website describes it as:
As we all experience daily, public library systems are doing more with less. So what is a system to do when faced with the task of filling a community need with a skeleton staff and invisible budget? The Manatee County Public Library System in Bradenton, Florida, was faced with this very question after our 2011 long-range planning process. The service area of Manatee County is 743 square miles with a population of 327, 293.
Once again, we’re having student volunteers blog programs of interest from the ALA Annual Conference. First up, Nicole Helregel covers “Learning Labs Ignited,” held on Saturday, June 29, at 8:30 a.m.
Looking for a way to implement programming at your library, but strapped for cash, staff, or time? Want an easy—and maybe even subversive—way to reach teens? Passive programming is the answer.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, California, the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.