Programs for Kids & Teens
At my rural branch library (Greene County Branch of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library in Virginia) we've had a boy's summer book group for two summers and a corresponding girl's group for one summer. These were half book groups and half activity clubs...
We developed a beautiful mural with teens for a community project. We surveyed the public for suggestions, hired a muralist to create and guide the process, found teens through one of the charter schools, requested funds through our friends program and developed and created the mural over a period of about three or four months. We walked the teens through the project, starting with art books and ideas and then mural instruction. The teens got to be a part of a community project for the library, and the library and community got a new mural.
Youth Services Success with Boys' Program
Over the years, getting kids (especially grade school age boys) to read for pleasure (and to come to the library for programming) has been a challenge. This year, my library was awarded a grant for the purpose of bringing boys back to books.
I'd be interested to hear other success stories involving boys and books and libraries. -- Alice Majka
Blogs/Websites to Watch
- EZ Library Program Database from the Mid-Hudson Library System.
The Imaginary Librarian a Blog filled with YA Programming Ideas, Pictures and Instuctables