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Teens are invited at the Covina Public Library to participate in the volunteer/career fair. This will allow teens to explore different local avenues and be inspired to reach for their dreams. The volunteer/career fair will allow local organizations to encourage teens to explore areas they are interested in for pursuit of their dreams. Organizations such as those in the medical, art, education and other fields will be present as well as organizations giving college advice in order to provide the greatest variety to teens according to their interests.

The teens will be receiving a free copy of Ghost Tales: Poltergeists, Haunted Houses, and Messages from Beyond by Billy Roberts.  This is a book of short stories.

After William Pack's presentation of The Unique, Spooky, Scary, Supernatural Show

The teens will be constructing leaf lanterns to travel outside for the campfire and book discussion portion of the evening. In addition to the book discussion, we will be listening to the audiobook, Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, as well as roasting hotdogs and making s’mores. The audiobook portion of event will promote the concept that listening to audiobooks is considered reading and is entertaining.

Heather,

I really like your idea of focusing on audio books.

I am going to try to incorporate them into my programs.

Barbara 

Heather Stewart said:

The teens will be receiving a free copy of Ghost Tales: Poltergeists, Haunted Houses, and Messages from Beyond by Billy Roberts.  This is a book of short stories.

After William Pack's presentation of The Unique, Spooky, Scary, Supernatural Show

The teens will be constructing leaf lanterns to travel outside for the campfire and book discussion portion of the evening. In addition to the book discussion, we will be listening to the audiobook, Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz, as well as roasting hotdogs and making s’mores. The audiobook portion of event will promote the concept that listening to audiobooks is considered reading and is entertaining.

I always wanted to do a program on Star Wars. The Teens will be creating Star Wars characters made with shrunken apples.

At the Danville Public Library we are having trivia sheets Monday through Thursday with questions about authors and books.  Every completed trivia sheet gets you a chance in the drawing for an autographed "City of Bones" book by Cassandra Clare.

The Johnsburg Library event The Haunting sign-up is going great!! We have 17 teens, which is the most for any teen program we have ever had.

I did have to change both the book and audiobook. The free book the teens received is The Restless Dead edited by Deborah Noyes. 10 short stories for the paranormal. All written by well-known authors. The audio book is short stories by Neil Gaiman. I picked 3 of them, which last 30 mins. I am so excited about this event.

Heather, I have also never seen so many teens at TRW events! My teens are showing up for play meetings on nights no meeting was scheduled for and are running lines in the children's room. I had 16 teens and 3 children in the "rehearsal" (not scheduled) the other day and was blown away by how dedicated they are. I am somewhat concerned about them being able to remember their lines, but it is all about the fact that they are (a) reading, and (b) having fun with it. I think quite a few have met new friends, too. :)

At our October 14, Teen Tuesday evening, we previewed the Teen Top Ten book trailers, as well as the trailer for Denise Kawaii's Adaline.  The author was present and willing to use any entries into our book trailer contest.  Awards were given to the local entries (unfortunately, none for Adaline, a GREAT book!)

Hi All, 

Now that Teen Week is over, I wanted to tell you how Johnsburg's went.

I had 8 teens participate in the voting for the Teens' Top Ten books. They will all receive one of the 25 nominees.

On Thursday night, Stacey Kade, author of The Paper Doll Project Series, was here for a presentation and Q & A. The teens that showed had a great time, but I was disappointed in the numbers. Only 11 people showed up. Both Stacey and I had sent out emails, had posters, tweeted, facebook posts, and Tumblr, along with library flyers.

The the main event was Friday evening. William Pack presented The Unique, Spooky, Scary Supernatural Show. It was GREAT. After that the kids decorated illuminating lantern bags to take to our bonfire. We tried to listen to a Neil Gaiman audiobook, but the teens were mostly talking over it. We then played a campfire game, discussed the book THE RESTLESS DEAD, and told our own scary stories. We also roasted marshmallows and hot dogs. I was very excited it went so smoothly and the teens really seemed to enjoy themselves. We had 13 teens in attendance out of the 16 that original signed up. I was very happy overall!! 

Did you get a press release out about your author event? I have found that social media (like Facebook and Twitter) teens have not been using as much. We created a Facebook event for our play and only 4 people said they were coming. Three of the four were involved in the play itself. I read an article that Facebook is now considered the 'mom jeans' of the younger generation...which makes me sad.

The scary story event sounds like fun. I am glad it went well for you!

Besides the social media, the City did an email blast, we had it in our quarterly newsletter, and flyers around library and all schools. The event was also open to adults (she has written 2 adult novels) and only one showed up. 

Our monthly newsletter does not get  a high circulation rate, so we had to get a press release for our play. However, a portion of the audience was parents of teen participants. Don't be disappointed in the outcome; it's all a learning process. 

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