Programs for Young Adults

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Youth/Teen and IT at Lansing Public Library teamed up again in 2007 for a Science Project (Science Fair) Strategies presentation highlighting how to choose a topic, how to begin your research, and how to use the catalog & online databases, why Google isn't the best place to start, and also covered using the ILL catalog for additional items. Slides & audio available! Science Project Strategies

Great Ideas for Young Adult Programming

  • 4YA: Cool Teen Programs and Inspiration for Youth Advocates
    • 4YA is a blog for youth advocates looking for cool projects, creative inspiration and insight into the world of youth. By sharing great ideas we hope bring more teens to your organization and to strengthen youth advocacy.
  • Programming for Tomorrow's World
    • A powerpoint presentation highlighting cutting edge program for teens that incorporate use of technology for traditional library activities such as book discussion, summer reading programs, and author visits, as well as non-traditional programs such as video game tournaments and cell phone reference.
  • It is usually tricky to reach teen audiences. Recent surveys at the Lawrence Public Library suggest that teens are more interested in learning to make videos and attending movie nights than in doing craft projects. Learning what programs local teens are interested in is a step towards successful programming.
  • KQED's Digital Storytelling Initiative: A Manual for Creating Digital Stories
    • Digital Storytelling is a powerful means for teens to share their world from their point of view. It incorporates writing, audio and video production, and ultimately allows teens to share their work through a site like Youtube. The great thing is, creating a digital story is simple and inexpensive. A digital camera and software that comes with Mac or Windows operating systems are all you need create a story. Digital storytelling workshops are a great opportunity to share, have fun, and learn about multimedia production.
    • Samples of Digital Storytelling by Teens...
      • Awkward But Happy
      • Cristina's Story
      • More Like the American Nightmare
  • Sample Young Adult Program Guides
    • Ohio Library Council Teen Programming Guide
    • Calgary Public Library Kids and Teens Program Guide
    • Tulsa City-County Library Teen and Tween Summer Reading Program Event Guide

Blogs/Websites to Watch

Stop by See YA Around: Library Programming for Teens
YALSA Booklists (recommended reading for teens)
Teen Read Week (ideas & resources for celebrating Teen Read Week)
Teen Advisory Groups (tips & resources for starting a Teen Advisory Group)
Westchester Library System Teen Blog
YALSA's Programming Resources (get ideas here or share your own)

Specific Blog Posts/Articles to Check Out

  • another successful DDR night