Young Adult Activities

Here in the Young Adult section, every Wednesday is known as our Wildcard Day, which is when we do random activities.  In the past we’ve partaken in making chocolate bowls, playing SongPop, and a fantasy football draft.  But this week, we took the chance and did an activity that was a little more thought provoking and required the kids to do something absurd in the library…read!


Earlier this year while browsing for fun activity ideas, Scott came across “Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” which required teens to pass judgement first on the appearance of a book and then on it’s contents. Basically here’s how it went down.  First, we asked the teens to choose a book they would want to read based on its cover art.  After they filled the first part of their worksheet (found here) we had them read the inner jacket…

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Young Adult Activities

How to Survive a Horror Movie

It’s Halloween so we wanted to celebrate that with a fun, slightly educational, activity. One of our Assistants came up with an evolution of horror movies idea, where she would share clips from movies through the ages. However, she thought it would be more fun to make it a game where people are learning rules for surviving a horror movie. She had a friend make a short-ish video (about 20 minutes) of clips and rules. With several of the rules we shared some trivia information (like the vomit in The Exorcist is made from Pea Soup and the blood in Psycho is chocolate syrup). With several of the rules we played mini-games. For instance, the first rule was to learn the art of breathing quietly. We played a short tag game. We had teens draw straws. The short straw was it. They were blindfolded, and had to walk slowly, steadily…

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Updated: Urban Legends

November 7, 2013

Young Adult Activities

 This is another great idea from Beth in Memphis!  Thanks for sharing!

This is a super popular event that we have done numerous times. It is always really popular. It is especially popular if you add some experiments for the teens to do.

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I should have posted this much earlier. I presented at the Kansas Library Association conference with the AMAZING Molly Wetta over at Wrapped Up in Books. She was on top of things, so I will just reblog her post.

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I presented with Scott Rader from Hays Public Library at the Kansas Library Association this week. Our program was Readers’ Advisory with Style. We shared ways that we promote books in our libraries through passive RA materials like displays or graphics and through social media. Scott also discussed fanmixes for YA novels. Then we talked about some of our favorite under the radar or debut author releases from 2013-2014.

The PowerPoint from our session is below. You can also view it (with some notes) in GoogleDocs.  The handout with the list of titles we discussed (and some we didn’t but wanted to include) can also be found in GoogleDocs.

Much of the information on how I create graphics and the tools available can be found in this post and many graphics I make for the library can be found here.

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Photo Credit: “052” by Robert Bejil used under a Creative Commons license

As I’ve finished my Masters and truly entered librarianship, I’ve wondered about a couple of things: A) What can I bring to the library table? B) How can this blog help other librarians?

And it struck me: what am I doing to serve certain niche groups? Sure it’s easy to serve teens into dystopian fiction or who like food programming; but who am I not serving well? Who can I serve better?

To answer those questions I began thinking about my interests and my teen interests. A couple of my library’s frequent patrons are card-carrying teen metalheads. They wear Iron Maiden shirts. They play in bands with three lead guitarists. They rock out hard to Metallica (only putting in headphones when I remind them of our headphone rule). Metal sometimes gets a bad rep. Long hair. Dirty t-shirts. Devil worship. Worse. Not to mention, the music itself can be loud, angry, and sometimes incomprehensible. While I agree One Direction is easier listening (fantastic pop, BTW), challenging our tastes to better serve our patrons is just as important. But you don’t have to do it alone. There are people out there who can help you out. To get the conversation started, I’ve written this post as a bare bones “collection development” guide for librarians serving teen metalheads (and I’ve brought in a few experts to help the cause).

BTW – I’m using metalhead as a blanket term. It’s an easy cultural reference. It may not be the greatest term, but this is a broad-ish post.

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Hey fans,

I will be blogging over at the YALSA blog about Pop Culture … if that’s cool with you. Check out my first post now.

Craft: Thumb Piano

March 16, 2013

Popular Mechanics featured “8 Step-by-Step Guides for Offbeat DIY Projects,” which had this cool, simple thumb piano. We like to try new projects and had some wood lying around from another project. Click the link to find some great instructions. After the jump we include some tips for the project.

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