Programs for Millennials and more
For Immediate Release
American Library Association
CHICAGO — Needless to say, programming for teens can be a dubious fit for library users in their 20s; and what appeals to Baby Boomers isn't necessarily ideal for those in their 30s and 40s. Millennials deserve their own programs. “A Year of Programs for Millennials and More,” published by ALA Editions, specifically targets those on the cusp of the born-digital generation and their peers. In this handy book Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci offer up a year’s worth of programming suitable for both public and academic libraries. Organized by monthly clubs or monthly themed events, a format that makes planning and execution a snap, this resource:
- provides an overview of what those in their 20s, 30s and 40s want from libraries and how best to reach them;
- gives tips for extending popular teen programs to older teens and those in their 20s;
- presents start-to-finish programs sure to be a big draw, such as a “pub trivia” night, recipe scrapbooking meetup, retro craft club, old school gaming sessions, writer’s workshops, and community college networking events;
- shows how to program on a tight budget by making the most of the library’s existing collection and resources;
- offers tips on marketing, outreach and followup.
Alessio is an award-winning, part-time teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. Her books include “Mind-Bending Mysteries and Thrillers for Teens: A Programming and Readers’ Advisory Guide.” She has taught online courses for YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and hosted webinars for ALA along with many live presentations. She reviews teen and adult books for Crimespree Magazine and Booklist.
LaMantia is an award-winning teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. A former Teen Advisory Board member and current teen librarian and 20–30-something, she has presented at multiple state and national library conferences about libraries, teens, and technology.
Vinci is a popular services librarian specializing in adult readers’ advisory at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Illinois. She has interests in expanding library appreciation and knowledge of comics and graphic novels, as well as catering to hard-to-reach demographics such as the 20s and 30s crowd.
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