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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Make the Teens' Top Ten Part of Your Summer Reading Program

I got a good reminder from the Young Adult Library Services Association (of ALA) the other day. I know some teens who would love to be encouraged to participate in this!

As your Summer Reading Program kicks off, be sure to include YALSA's Teens' Top Ten. You can download the 26 nominated titles (PDF) from the YALSA website, as well as the Teens' Top Ten toolkit (Word doc), which includes programming ideas, customizable bookmarks, and other tools to help you promote the Teens' Top Ten to teens at your library.

Be sure to mark your calendars for voting this year. Voting opens Aug. 23 and ends Sept. 17. Last year, more than 11,000 teens voted for their favorite books.

For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenstopten.

The Reading Streak

Summer Library Programs are hard upon us, I hope you are all holding up well! Here's a new idea, in case your idea box is empty!

Nick Glass, the founder of TeachingBooks.net, posted a note to a list serv about the idea of having a read-aloud streak for families, sort of like a pitching or hitting streak in baseball. It started with this New York Times article about a family that carried on their streak from fourth grade till college!

Maybe there are applications for this for libraries. It sure seems like it! Especially for kids who are interested in sports and statistics, it might be a fun thing to try.