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Friday, May 14, 2010

The Great Prize Debate

How many of you have prizes for your Summer Library Program? I am very interested in the conversation about whether or not giving out trinkets as prizes for reading is a good or bad practice. There has been a lot of discussion on an Association for Library Service to Children list serv about using prizes to motivate kids to read, with compelling arguments on both sides.

Some kids who don't like to read find that a small trinket is a motivation to keep reading and coming to the library during the summer, according to many of the librarians posting to the list. Has this been your experience?

I wonder about adding more cheaply-produced plastic to the world, and what other options there are...What do you do? How does it work? What do kids think?

One great idea from this discussion was asking kids to weed their own collections, and bring in good-condition books they no longer wanted to own. The kids who bring in books really enjoy taking ownership in this way, and the library doesn't have to spend money on books!

What do you do about prizes? Please comment!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Your Teen Group Could Help Nominate Teen Top Ten List

Do you have an active teen advisory board? YALSA is accepting applications for the 2010-2012 round of YA Galley! YA Galley is an ongoing project in which publishers of young adult books provide free copies of their recent titles to teen book discussion groups in libraries. In exchange, teen readers evaluate books for the publishers. Young adult book discussion group leaders who wish to be considered for YALSA’s YA Galley/Teens’ Top Ten project can learn more online at the Teens' Top Ten website. Applications are due June 1, 2010. The YA Galley committee will select 15 groups during the ALA’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this June. Each selected group will serve a two-year term beginning in November 2010. Beginning in August 2011, these select groups will nominate titles for the 2011 Teens' Top Ten. Teens across the country will choose their favorite books of the year by voting on these nominations. Learn more at www.ala.org/teenstopten.