Many thanks to our high school library staff and the ELA teachers who invited me to speak at their in-services today! There are, as always, so many good books to chat about. (Click here for the slideshow.) Let us know – what’s big with your readers? Want to come visit us for a tour, or invite us to present some booktalks to your classes? We’re always here to help. Here’s to a fantastic school year!
Hi everybody! Here are my slides from Wednesday’s booktalks. You were an awesome crowd and I can’t wait to start scheduling booktalks and tours with your classes. Thanks for your support of our new building and your excitement – we’re thrilled to bring you an amazing new library experience and it’s only months away!
Thanks so much for coming to my presentation on Friday! I appreciated seeing all of your faces bright and early in the morning. Please click here for my booktalk slides: KLA Booktalks – a year of teen reading
Feel free to reach out with questions! I was glad to see some of you friending me on Goodreads – that is a great way to share and compare books. Happy reading 🙂
Books come in and go out, just like the tide. Selection and deselection go hand in hand, two important parts of the library life cycle. Thank you so much for spending time with me today discussing one of my favorite topics, weeding! I hope these ideas spark joy for you as you move forward in your library journey. Please, feel free to contact me with questions or suggestions. We’re all on this journey together!
Here’s the slide deck from my presentation on booktalking… “so teens will BEG to read!” I pulled some old favorites off the bookshelf as well as some new picks and a smattering of adult titles that will pique teen interest. The highlights:
- Don’t forget to be passionate about books you personally love, but also be sure to read widely so that you know books that will appeal to teen readers with tastes that differ from yours.
- Look for series that appeal to readers who get swept away in different worlds… characters that you want to meet again and again… and use them to hook reluctant readers into their own private bookfest!
- Try something more high tech, like book trailers. Waudby’s One of Us is pretty stylistic and slick, and can help teens imagine the story more vividly before they make a pick.
- Remember, it doesn’t have to be very long… in fact, you rarely get more than 30 secs. to a minute to really interest teens before they’ve made their decision.
- Format your talk like a teaser trailer for a movie or TV show. Remember the steps:
- HOOK – a shocking statement or fact from the book, something interesting or hilarious to get audience attention.
- The protagonist was doing great/doing awful until THIS THING happened to them/around them.
- Now, they face THESE TOUGH DECISIONS that make them reevaluate themselves/their family/friends/society/world and decide how to deal…
- HOOK ending, or question ending (will K be able to continue with her mission, or will she crumble under the pressure?)
- The most important thing to remember is have fun, and don’t forget to share your love of reading with your students!
Thanks so much for having me out. It was great to meet everyone and share some of my favorites with you… hope to peek in to your Goodreads group this summer and get some recommendations from YOU next!
Welcome to my friends at USD 259! I’m happy to be part of your inservice today for both library staff and English faculty. We’ve rustled up titles that have won awards, flown under the radar, and much much more. Check out the slides below for the titles we discussed:
You’ll notice I’ve included recommended ages/grades from the Big Four review journals in the bottom right of each slide, along with any starred reviews noted. If I couldn’t find a book jacket with the book’s medals affixed, I have tried to remedy that with a medal or logo to the bottom center of the screen. Hopefully I didn’t miss anything!
I hope you and your students enjoy trying some of these titles. Don’t forget – if you want us to come out and talk up summer reading with your students now is a great time to lock us in for dates in April and May. Call or email your nearest branch today!
We’re super excited to share the wonderful RA track at KLA/MLA with you this year! Check out sessions, handouts, tips, and more at readersadvisory15.wordpress.com and look up our social media using the tag #rablitz15!
At least, I like to think they are! One programming concept that has been perennially popular is the MURDER MYSTERY. Everyone likes to play detective, and everyone has a great time pretending to be on a cop show.
I design these to take about an hour of sleuthing. I know some people are successful at taking a break in the action to allow teens to have snacks and/or listen to the actors do their thing, but I have always had to program these in libraries where few of us could take time out to participate in the program. So what I’ve done here is to allow participants to stay on their desk or to keep working, and to be “discovered” in their area by the teen detectives (who are instructed not to interrupt them if they are assisting other customers!).
You’ll notice a few spelling errors and some other typos – sorry for that. I tried to use all CC licensed clip art; you might substitute something with more local flavor for your teens. I also tell them not to remove evidence, and that only applies to books or materials in the stacks. This specific mystery features a fun clue bag given to the teens, which they can take to the “Police Lab” for discovery. All you have to do is take a paper ream box, cover the inside in dark paper, stick a shadeless lamp in there with a black light bulb for illumination, and tell them to check their liquid Tide-soaked “swabs” for “blood.” Use your imagination! What else might they check with their fake Luminol?!
In other mysteries, I’ve included floral vials in the police file. Dump a little cheap red nail polish in there, and you have a “blood sample.” The props add to the realism and as simple as they are, give the program a little extra wow factor. This one features a crumpled “receipt” pointing out an interesting fact about the glamorous (and dead) Bianca… what other things might have been purchased that could add verisimilitude to your murder mystery?
Feel free to take this and use it as is, put your own spin on things, or use it as a template to write your own murder mystery. Just give me credit and don’t make money with it. I’m licensing it under CC BY-NC 4.0. If you’re a journalist or author and want to quote from it or otherwise reproduce it, please contact me. Otherwise, have fun and get to sleuthing!
My favorite time of year arrived… NEKLS Innovation Day! What a great time for libraries to get together and talk about their favorite technology, innovative services, and glimpse the horizon of our profession. The speakers were all so awesome! My contribution was a session on teen maker projects, and you can find my materials here:
I brought samples of our fun projects, including some of my duds (hey, at least now you know what happens when you try to use Model Magic for a resin mold!) and encouraged everyone to try some new, fun ideas to make programming STEAM powered. Thanks to all who attended – I hope you’ll send me some pictures of the awesome things you’re doing in your libraries!