2015 Teen Read Week Program Grant Winners Forum

The space for Teen Read Week grant winners to discuss ideas, practices, and other topics involving their Teen Read Week programs.  

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Hi everyone! I know I'm super early in responding here, but when there is time I will seize it :) 

My name is Eden Grey and I am the Teen Librarian at the Erlanger branch of Kenton County Public Library. We're the busiest branch library in Kentucky, and we're located about 20 minutes south of Cincinnati. 

My Teen Read week event is the first ever NK-YA Fest, a YA author fest held at the Erlanger branch and featuring 24 YA authors from the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Tennessee area. There will be a teen volunteer luncheon with the authors, public panels and Q&A sessions, and book signings and sales. I hope to make this into an annual event!

I want to not only support the local authors, but to help connect my teens with authors so that they can have that face to face interaction with people using their creativity to make a living. I hope to inspire teens and young adults to be creative, to follow their dreams and work hard to accomplish them! 

I look forward to hearing what everyone else is working on to make Teen Read Week as awesome as possible this year! 

Thanks YALSA and Dollar General for funding our Virtual Reality Day for #trw2015 at Cedar Shoals High School! Can't wait to share ideas.

Hello, all!

My name is Kerry Hogan and I am one of the librarians at Cedar Shoals High School library in beautiful Athens, GA, home to the University of Georgia - Go Dawgs! Our school has about 1,500 students and we always have a blast during Teen Read Week.

During Teen Read Week, we have several programs planned, but on our big day we are going to "get away" - virtually! We are using our funds to purchase books about travel, technology, interesting places, virtual reality, augmented reality and science fiction having to do with virtual reality. We will also purchase an Oculus Kit to show off some intense VR experiences and host workshops where students can create their own Google Cardboard to convert their phones into VR devices.

It's going to be a lot of fun! Can't wait to Get Away @ your library!

Hi fellow grant winners! I am April Shroeder, Youth Programming Coordinator for Loudoun County Public Library in Northern Virginia, less than an hour west of Washington, DC and about 3 hours north of Richmond. I was a Teen Services Librarian and parapro for over 8 years before becoming YPC, so teens will always hold a special place in my heart, not just my work agenda. 

I coordinate programming for 8 branches. The Teen Services staff at each branch has planned their own TRW programs, including: 

- Top Books for Teens (system-wide voting for favorite YA books) 
- Ice cream & booktalks 
- Fantasy Gaming - discussion of fantasy worlds in lit, and creating board games
- Book trailer viewings and creation of stop-motion trailers
- Booktalking 
- Insurgent film showing and read-alikes booktalking/discussion
- Yoga and a ghosthunter, presented by outside presenters, both of those are really fitting the theme of "get away" LOL 

And lastly...the program for which I won the grant: a panel of YA authors whose books have diverse characters. The same night as the panel, various community groups/orgs, and teens who have created diversity-awareness programs, clubs, camps, or campaigns will have tables throughout the library's first floor lobby. They will talk to library patrons about their work, seek out volunteers, and hopefully gain a number of supporters and advocates. 

I am so excited to give Loudoun County teens an opportunity to learn about diversity from community members and authors. 


We're Dawn and Elise and we are the Teen Services Associates at the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, Il which is about 45 miles NE of Chicago.

For Teen Read Week, we have three events.  We are "Getting Away" with All The Bright Places by taking a road trip to interesting attractions around Wisconsin and discussing the book while we are on the bus. 

The second event will be a Skype-O-Rama where we will have a rapid fire Skype session with 5-6 authors.

Our last event is based from Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist where we will hide a white rabbit at participating business and teens have to find Fluffy, the white rabbit, and they will get a prize.

Already read some interesting events.


I am Bob McMahon the Instructional Support Teacher: Media and Information Literacy for Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh Wisconsin.  Oshkosh is the home of the Experimental Aircraft Association and becomes the busiest airport in the United States during the annual convention.  North High School is one of two public high schools and the library media center is in the center of the second floor connected by a spiral staircase to the first floor.

Our Teen Week provides students an outlet to pursue new interests by responding to literature presented in different ways - verbally, visually and actively. Students will connect activities to themselves and those around them as they experience different events and participate socially with other staff and students. Different clubs will be providing different activities in the media center.  Family and Consumer Science club will team up with English classes to decorate cakes based upon teen books they have read.  Anime club will host a game night to emphasize technology and literacy.  Poetry club will provide poetry readings.  The student books club will also provide book talks.  Through out this week electronic library resources will be shared to promote online reading and literature appreciation.  There will be more opportunities during this week.


I have recently joined the staff at Stephenson Memorial Library in the rural community of Greenfield, NH.  Prior to working here, I have worked as the Young Adult Librarian in Massachusetts, and taught middle school for six years in Houston, TX.   Even though my focus is on young adults, working in a small library has allowed me to gain experience in all departments.


Greenfield, New Hampshire is a small, rural town with a population of approximately 1,800, and a summer population of close to 3,000.  In Greenfield, we have an estimated 130 teens in public schools between the ages of 12-18, as well as a small number of homeschooled teens and those who attend nearby private schools and Crotched Mountain School, a special education educational institution in town.  Unfortunately, our teen population is tremendously underserved in the community.  The town offers no recreation department activities for teens.  Greenfield teens travel outside the community for both middle and high school to a regional school, leaving the local library as the only gathering place for this target group in the community.  Until recently, the library has not had a teen program, with its first activity in December 2014. New efforts are underway to build the small, but growing young adult book collection and create a teen space.


Teen Book Bytes is our Teen Week Program.  The grant money is being used to purchase digital equipment.  After attending an instructional workshop on how to use the devices and programs, teens will create one-to two-minute book trailers, using digital equipment, that are designed to entice others to read the book.   

I am looking forward to being able to provide more programming for our teen community.  It should be a lot of fun!  I, also, can’t wait to hear more about everyone else’s programs.

Thank you YALSA & Dollar General! 

Hey Grant Winners!

Just a reminder that next week is our conference call, mark your calendars!

I'm Jodi Krahnke, Head of Youth Services at Ypsilanti District Library in southeast Michigan, also serving as the YA librarian at the main location in our district. With grant money, teens will be able to attend workshops by a local graphic designer/artist who teaches area youth how to create superhero self portraits. He will host workshops at two locations, then put the work on display. A second artist will host two zine workshops to incorporate writing into the week's activities. Finally, we're giving away copies of a graphic novel, most likely The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang, that we'll use as the semester's teen read. 

We're thrilled to have funding through YALSA and Dollar General for our programs. 

Hi all! My name is Lauren Regenhardt and I'm the Teen Services Manager for the Yuma County Library District.  Since we are so close to the Mexican border and have a lot of cultural diversity, we wanted to include that in our programming for TRW! We have a lot of adult programming for Spanish Speakers but not a lot of teen involvement so this was our chance to get them involved.  Poetry is part of the Hispanic Culture and so we plan on hosting two bilingual poets come in and teach about poetry and how to write it. We'll then have a Poetry slam with a twist-Get up and read a poem that they wrote or found and get a pancake. Our teens do anything for food!

I'm excited to get this going and thank you to YALSA and Dollar General for giving us this opportunity!


We are Britni, Hayley, Amanda, and Nicole, teen services staff at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.  We currently compose our library system’s Teen Read Week Team!  As a part of the team, we create Teen Read Week programming for all of our locations.  This year for Teen Read Week, we wanted to create a special program that would appeal to all teens in our area, and are now able to do so thanks to this generous grant! 

The program we are planning is an author visit.  The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library serves a very large and diverse population, and therefore we are looking to invite an author that represents diversity in their literature.  Through this program, we hope to foster an appreciation of diversity within teens in Mecklenburg County, by exposing them to its importance.   The program will be held within one of our larger locations, and open to all teens within Mecklenburg County.  We are very excited about this opportunity, and hope to make a large impact with this program! 

Thank you to YALSA and Dollar General for this special opportunity! 


Hi everyone! My name is Guadalupe Gomez and I am the Library Services Manager at the Haskett Library of Anaheim Public Library, located in Southern California.

During Teen Read Week, we have several programs planned. This money will be used to invite youth to travel and escape to different countries by means of culinary instruction, cultural awareness, career exploration, positive role models and the arts. 

Teens will participate in culinary instruction, covering four countries, an arts program and culminate their experience with author visit.  The funding will help to coordinate programs that will expose the youth to opportunities that they may otherwise not have.



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