[Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space

This space is intended for the use of the grantees of the 2014 Teen Read Week activity grant.

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That is a great idea! Let me know how the surveys go; we have tried this in the past (even offering prize incentives) and we got very little feedback.

I am right there with you in trying to get more teens into the library. My local high school has the IB program so I thought "cool, they will really want to be involved." As it turns out, many of those kids have so much homework that when they have free time, library programs are not their first choice. I have five IB students in the program we are doing for TRW and they are so awesome, but I know once school starts on Monday I am going to see a lot less of them.

Hello! My name is Alyssa Newton and I am the Teen Librarian at the Onondaga Free Library in Syracuse, NY. We are thrilled to win the Teen Read Week grant and love this year’s theme!

In support of the theme, my library will be hosting special events for teens to explore their dream jobs and careers and spotlighting the career and college-bound resources at the library.  In addition, the library will feature titles that inspire teens to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) professions, highlighting titles in both the Young Adult fiction and non-fiction collections. During Summer Reading we had many successful STEAM programs and hope to build off of that success.

Finally, to supplement the teens’ reading and exploration, the library will host a Human Library event, inviting professionals in the STEAM fields to meet one-on-one with teens to discuss their career paths. A “Human Library” is an innovative program designed to promote dialogue, allowing community members to speak informally with “people on loan.” The STEAM Human Library allows teens to meet with professionals from STEAM fields including, but not limited to doctors, nurses, engineers, artists/musicians, computer programmers and environmental biologists.

I have read about human libraries and think they are brilliant. I love seeing so many libraries offer career fairs for teens; this is a great way to get local high schools involved in conversations with public librarians and, hopefully, develop long-term relationships.

I tried to get a STEAM competition going last year and just did not have the local interest/ high school contacts at the time to pull off such an involved event. I am going to try to aim for it this year (April) since I have a few more high school contacts who seem excited about partnering with us on more programs. I want to develop this program with the teachers as opposed to designing it for them. 

Would love to see how this goes! Great ideas!

Alyssa Newton said:

Hello! My name is Alyssa Newton and I am the Teen Librarian at the Onondaga Free Library in Syracuse, NY. We are thrilled to win the Teen Read Week grant and love this year’s theme!

In support of the theme, my library will be hosting special events for teens to explore their dream jobs and careers and spotlighting the career and college-bound resources at the library.  In addition, the library will feature titles that inspire teens to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) professions, highlighting titles in both the Young Adult fiction and non-fiction collections. During Summer Reading we had many successful STEAM programs and hope to build off of that success.

Finally, to supplement the teens’ reading and exploration, the library will host a Human Library event, inviting professionals in the STEAM fields to meet one-on-one with teens to discuss their career paths. A “Human Library” is an innovative program designed to promote dialogue, allowing community members to speak informally with “people on loan.” The STEAM Human Library allows teens to meet with professionals from STEAM fields including, but not limited to doctors, nurses, engineers, artists/musicians, computer programmers and environmental biologists.

We had the first round of auditions for our play last night; it was pretty intense. I had the teens who wrote the play act the scenes out with the potential actors and tried to keep track of how long each scene took. We are aiming to have each act last about 10-15 minutes, so if reading took 8-9 minutes we were good to go. 

We didn't have as many actors as I had hoped would show up, but I had heard from some of my teens that their friends were not going to be able to meet any of our audition dates due to school programs and sports. I also had most, if not all, of our writers volunteer to act out remaining roles. 

I have been pushing the teens to get the writing portion done since we are a bit behind in that area. I think, after seeing the actors show up last night, our writers were a bit more encouraged to get a move on the writing and finalizing the script. Overall, it was a fun experience and it was nice to see my teen writers bring their friends into the library to enjoy what they enjoy. My favorite part of the night was when we had a young man say he didn't want to act (he wanted to do technical assistance), but after reading the role for the Mad Hatter, he was sold on acting in the play. 

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