Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Let’s have a Pac-Man Party! Or perhaps you’d rather make your own lava lamp or love beads, or just chow down on some nifty ‘50s snacks? “Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” published by ALA Editions, is the newest book from the unbeatable team of best-selling authors Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci. Here, they trawl the decades for a super, fabulous, groovy, awesome, and totally rad assortment of programs for patrons of all ages. Complete with programming best practices, age ranges and suggested variations for multigenerational or family events, planning lists, budgeting guidance, and marketing advice, this book will engage library users through:
- toy-centric events that riff on Everything Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Kids and more;
- Poodle Totes, Flannel Pillows, Flair Fun, Graffiti Art, and other DIY projects;
- video screenings such as I Want My MTV, Nostalgia Nickelodeon Night, Cult Movie Fest, and Marvel Madness;
- programs that incorporate yummy treats like cake pops, Chex mix, Classic Candies by the Decade, and popular microwaveable foods from the 80s; and
- themed book discussion groups, board game gatherings, trivia contests, and many more fun programs.
Alessio is an award-winning librarian who has conducted several webinars for the American Library Association on programming. She reviews mysteries and romances for Booklist and has authored and edited several other works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a former board member for YALSA. LaMantia is an award-winning YA Fiction Collection Development-Data Management Librarian at Baker and Taylor. A former Teen Advisory Board member and current YA librarian and 20–30-something, she has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and technology. Vinci is the Fiction Manager at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her professional interests are promoting the acquisition and appreciation of comics and graphic novels in libraries as well as creating programming that targets patrons in their 20s and 30s, and she presents frequently about pop culture and millennial-targeted programming.
As collaborators, the authors have also published “50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens” and “A Year of Programs for Millennials and More.”
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