50+ programs for tweens, teens, adults, and families

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/06/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — Public library programmers, marketers, and staff across the country have relied on Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci’s previous books for fun and engaging offerings that draw patrons in and keep them excited about visiting the library again and again. Now this team of best-selling authors is back with “50+ Programs for Tweens, Teens, Adults, and Families: 12 Months of Ideas,” published by ALA Editions, an all-new calendar of ready-to-go programs. They also offer a series of themed programs specially designed for clubs, with pointers on hosting meetings of clubs and activities that compliment these gatherings. Best of all, their ideas are easily adaptable for a variety of participants, including tweens, teens, millennials, older adults, and families. Complete with planning lists, budgeting guidance, and marketing advice, this book includes:

  • delightful programs such as Rememberlutions, Prom Formalwear Giveaway, Cooking with a Waffle Iron, Life Hacks for Living On Your Own, Preschool for Adults, Upcycled Friendsgiving, and many others;
  • club ideas like Parenting Teens, STEAM Club, 5K Club, Crafterwork, and Service Club;
  • suggestions of variations for different age groups; and
  • tips on building interest in the topic prior to the event using trivia and other free games.

As collaborators, the authors have also published “Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” “50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens” and “A Year of Programs for Millennials and More.”

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 & 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.

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