For immediate release | August 17, 2015

Club programs for teens

CHICAGO—Want to keep the momentum going after a successful teen event? That “one off” can easily be turned into a popular monthly club that will keep young adults coming back. In their new book “Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year,” published by ALA Editions, Amy J. Alessio, co-author of the bestseller “A Year of Programs for Teens,” and Heather Booth, co-editor of “The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services,” show you how. Designed to be used in school or public library settings, this uniquely themed program guide:

  • offers guidance on how to handle summer, winter and year-round reading programs, with activities ranging from easy to elaborate;
  • provides activities useful for libraries with monthly teen clubs as well as those who want to plan occasional fun events;
  • saves planning time and offers maximum flexibility by cross-referencing programs by themes, allowing one program to be used with different audiences;
  • and includes resource lists, readlikes, tips for success and lessons learned from programs that went awry.

Alessio is an award-winning, part-time teen librarian at the Schaumburg Township District Library in Schaumburg, Ill. Her other books include “Mind-Bending Mysteries and Thrillers for Teens: A Programming and Readers’ Advisory Guide” and (with Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci) “A Year of Programs for Millennials and More.” 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.

Booth has been a teen services librarian in the Chicago suburbs since 2002, currently at the Thomas Ford Memorial Library in Western Springs. She is the author of “Serving Teens through Readers’ Advisory,” as well as several chapters on readers’ advisory for teens in other professional works. She reviews books for youth and audiobooks for Booklist. Her article “RA for YA” won the feature article award from Public Libraries in 2006.

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Related Links

"Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year"

"A Year of Programs for Millennials and More"

"The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services"


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