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A Year Of Programs For Teens

A Year Of Programs For Teens

by Amy J. Alessio

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VOYA - Stephanie Petruso
Librarians have great intentions for teen programming, but many do not know where to start. Staffing, money, and simply attracting teens are all concerns of librarians planning teen programming for their communities. These two books seek to alleviate this situation by laying out suggested programs over the course of a year. Teen Programs with Punch offers about three program ideas per month, for various communities and budgets. These include a "Veg Out" night to learn about vegetarian nutrition in January to "Library Fear Factor" in July, where teens can try delicacies like Banana Worm Bread. The book is written in a highly personal style, allowing Ott to share her own experiences implementing these programs with teens, and she takes care to include the amount of money and preparation required for each program. In addition, Ott provides a booklist with each program to connect it to reading as well as a marketing plan. Many of her ideas are easily executed and require little money, but some more involved programs are included. A Year of Programs for Teens includes approximately the same number of programs, but they are generally more complicated and costly. Suggestions like "Hosting a Mystery Dinner" and "Experience the Renaissance" by creating art in clay, watercolors, and mixed media are exciting but potentially difficult to implement. Each month in this book offers several suggestions of "Passive Programs," however, which are extremely simple and allow for the smallest amount of cost and staff involvement. Examples are asking teens to list the best ways to avoid studying for finals or creating a matching game of silly fashions throughout history. Although TeenPrograms with Punch does something similar, its passive programs are still more complex. Both books include excellent appendixes with useful tools for recreating the programs. A Year of Programs for Teens has everything from a full script for the Mystery Dinner, to a sample Teen Newsletter, to agreements for teens to sign. Teen Programs with Punch has a sample Dream Journal and quizzes to use in programs. Either title is a worthy addition to professional collections; the small amount of overlap means that purchasing both would not be wasteful. Of the two, Ott's book gives more well-rounded and fleshed-out plans for teen programming. Her programs goals are realistic and might be less intimidating to a novice programmer. Those with more experience and a developed audience might enjoy the programs in the Alessio/Patton title.
School Library Journal

Alessio and Patton have compiled an imaginative guide to 59 programs, organized by month. An introduction covers the importance of engaging teens, staff members, and community organizations in the planning and execution of library events. Who could resist a pizza-tasting party, a Mardi Gras outside of Louisiana, a Little Coffee Shop of Horrors, a Who's Sorry Now? Bored Game Tournament, or a mystery dinner to figure out who murdered a librarian in the stacks? Each program is described in detail, with suggestions for adaptations for easy, moderately demanding, or elaborate presentations, depending on the time and resources available. Descriptions of programs include preparation time, length, number of teens served, suggested age range, a shopping list, set-up, and implementation. Resources and display ideas are incorporated into each chapter, with sample forms and scripts offered in the appendix. Passive program ideas like "Ten Ways to Avoid Studying for Finals," "Love Stinks Song Lyrics," "March Music Mania," and "College Mascot Mania" provide librarians with ways other than full programs to engage YAs in the library. An exciting and invigorating offering for all public and school librarians.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

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