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Monday, May 4, 2015

Teens' Top Ten: A New Way to Interact

Teens'Top Ten Badges Site graphic
Every year, teen groups from across the country nominate titles for YALSA's Teens' Top Ten, and nominations are announced in April.  Teens have all summer to read the 20-25 books, and then VOTE on their favorite titles anytime between August 15 and October 24.

This year, IFLS and a team of public and school librarians put together a site to experiment with badges and promote reading and interacting with the Teen Top Ten nominees.  Many thanks to Gus Falkenberg, the IFLS technology-and-coding wiz, we have a pretty cool site: http://ratearead.org.  Teens can earn badges by reading and rating titles, commenting on them, and going above and beyond (by going to the author's website, commenting on their own social media about a title, or writing fan fiction).

This could be a fun thing to promote during your Summer Library Programs!  Please do, and let me know if you have any questions about it.

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