Harry Potter + Libraries Forever

In February, my library got to host two fantastic Harry Potter related events. We held our second annual Harry Potter Night (read about last year’s here) and we had a Wizard Rock concert featuring Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys. The Castle Tea Room, a local event place, had approached us about using… Continue reading Harry Potter + Libraries Forever

Programming for New Adults

This is a follow up post to my presentation with Meg Hunt Wilson on New Adult Literature and Services at the 2015 YALSA Symposium. You can find the slides and booklists here. This portion focuses on the programming aspect. Programming for any demographic is about responding to the needs of your community. There’s no magic… Continue reading Programming for New Adults

Library Program: Solar-Powered S’mores Ovens

Full disclaimer: this program was not my idea, I just happened to be working in the teen zone the day it was scheduled, and Miriam, our awesome teen librarian, said she’d work the desk and I could help with the program, which was presented by the environmental studies club at KU for Earth Day. It was… Continue reading Library Program: Solar-Powered S’mores Ovens

Pop Culture and Teen Programming

The theme for the monthly discussion at Teen Services Underground is pop culture and teen programming. They posted a list of questions to get librarians talking about their experiences with pop culture and programming. Here are my answers! What does pop culture in teen programming mean to you? Pop culture that captures the zeitgeist of what… Continue reading Pop Culture and Teen Programming

Library Program: Where Things Come Back Scavenger Hunt

For Read Across Lawrence, our community-wide reading program, we’re doing a teen book for the first time. We selected one of my favorites, Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley. When pitching the books to readers, I’ve been saying “it’s about a small town where a woodpecker thought to be extinct is sighted, and… Continue reading Library Program: Where Things Come Back Scavenger Hunt