Summer Scratch Tickets for Teens!

Originally posted on Teen Services Underground  This summer I completely changed things up for the teen program with scratch tickets! I had bookmarked an excellent post from 5 Minute Librarian and decided (kinda last minute) to just go for it. My numbers for Teen Summer Reading have been pretty steady over the past few years [...]

PotterFest 2017!

It's that time of year again - Harry Potter's Birthday is, today, July 31st! And we celebrate every year at our library with a themed party. In the past, I've called this program "Harry Potter's Birthday Party" but I changed it up this year and renamed it "PotterFest." The new name seems more appealing to [...]

TSU Feature: Ukulele Club!

          I've been a slacker about posting so here is a link to one of my Teen Services Underground features on our Ukulele Club at my library! I have been thinking about it today because I am enjoying a "stay-cation" this week and wasn't able to attend the July meeting. (I [...]

Gift Book Review ~ Me: A Compendium by Wee Society

I bought this for my cousin's almost-seven-year-old daughter for Christmas and I just had to share how cool this book is! It's like a journal, but even more fun because each page asks you different questions about yourself and you fill in the answers, either by writing them or by drawing a picture. It's a [...]

“They’re here….”: Teens in the Library

Yesterday I attended the 8th Annual Teen Summit in Worcester, MA. As always, I was very impressed with the speakers and with the incredible organization of the entire thing by MLS staff. Apparently there was a record attendance this year, which just goes to show how many libraries / librarians are interested in learning how [...]

Harry Potter Club

At our Harry Potter Club this month we made these really cool Lumos/Nox lightswitch plates that I found via Pinterest. A very talented person made the original picture on her computer and printed it out to put on a lightswitch plate. I took the picture of her finished product and printed it out (making it [...]

YA Fiction Review

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron My rating: 4 of 5 stars I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn't have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this [...]

Sunday Quiz

Can you name the Harry Potter fact based on the previous answer? Good quiz! I didn't get to finish it because I was watching SNL on demand. Definitely will be attempting it later 🙂 http://www.sporcle.com/games/crookshanks/harrypotternamechain

Hunger Games!!!! (i.e. YA Book Review)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars You know, I was kind of worried about reading this again because it was just so amazing the first time. But enough time passed that I was a bit fuzzy on some of the details, so I had to re-read it before the [...]

Tween Patrons Get Library Space and Programs of Their Own

Tween Patrons Get Library Space and Programs of Their Own. Good article from School Library Journal on the importance of tween spaces and programs in libraries. We say teens get overlooked, but sometimes I feel like the tweens get lost even more, and they are the ones who are actually more inclined to come to [...]