Teens Go Green!: Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming

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Being "green" is a hot topic today, not only for businesses and adults interested in being socially responsible, but also for 'tweens, teens, and young adults. Today's young adults are keenly aware of environmental issues, locally and globally. They are also in need of art programs that provide a hands-on, creative outlet.

Teens Go Green!: Tips, Technique, Tools and Themes for YA Programming is an approachable reference book for librarians or high school teachers looking for ...

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Overview

Being "green" is a hot topic today, not only for businesses and adults interested in being socially responsible, but also for 'tweens, teens, and young adults. Today's young adults are keenly aware of environmental issues, locally and globally. They are also in need of art programs that provide a hands-on, creative outlet.

Teens Go Green!: Tips, Technique, Tools and Themes for YA Programming is an approachable reference book for librarians or high school teachers looking for low-cost, environmentally themed art projects and programs that teens will relate to and find fun. In Part 1, the author explains the needs for these programs, offers tips for teaching them, and suggests ways to expand teen involvement in the library. Part 2 provides dozens of practical, easy-to-follow art project ideas that demonstrate how simple teaching green teen art projects can be.

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"With plenty of practical advice on how to get started and get the program going . . . Teen's Go Green! is a top pick for those looking to expand the horizons of their school's youth."

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Midwest Book Review

School Library Journal
Colston provides creative inspiration and practical resources for library professionals. The author, an art professor, has been a library art performer for more than 20 years. In the first section, she covers general tips and advice on programming for teens, what it means to go green, and how to check the safety and eco-friendliness of commonly used art materials such as paints and adhesives. Most of the book consists of plans for actual projects that include estimated costs, suggested age level, required materials, programming ideas, and lists of resources for professionals and teens. Easy-to-follow instructions are accompanied by illustrations of the activity in process and in completed form. Make-and-take and group projects are featured. Most of the 33 suggestions can be done in an hour or less, while some are all-night or span multiple programs. The simple instructions occasionally need some clarification such as a funnel not listed as required materials or a missing step that connects a papier-mâché head to a doll's body. Photographs and illustrations appear on a separate page from the instructions. Unfortunately, the images are of uneven quality, blurry, poor contrast, or simply decorative clip art. Still, with good bibliographic and online resources to complement the variety of projects, this title is a handy tool for librarians seeking programming ideas with eco-friendly themes.—June Shimonishi, Torrance Public Library, CA
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