For immediate release | June 14, 2011

Another year of programs for teens

CHICAGO — In this sequel to the book that "takes teen services to a new level" (Adolescence), YA experts Amy J. Alessio and Kimberly A. Patton present entirely new content while building on the successful formula they established earlier. “A Year of Programs for Teens 2,” published by ALA Editions, offers several new themed book lists and read-alikes as well as appendices with reproducible handouts for the various programs. The book includes:

  • A section of introductory material that includes general programming advice;
  • Information on teen clubs, and marketing ideas;
  • More than 30 programs cleverly organized around a calendar year, including several that focus on technology, with many other ideas that can be adapted year-round as needed.

Alessio is teen coordinator at Schaumburg Township District Library, Ill. She writes and edits fiction and nonfiction, including the previous title co-authored with Kim Patton, “A Year of Programs for Teens.” She reviews YA literature and mysteries for Crimespree Magazine and, served two terms on the YALSA (Young Adult Library Association) Board of Directors, and was honored in 2006 with the Illinois Library Association Davis Cup Award for librarians serving youth.

Patton, president of YALSA in 2010, is teen librarian at the Kansas City Public Library Central Resource Branch in Kansas City, Mo. Before that, she was Young Adult Specialist at the Lawrence (Kan.) Public Library. A 2007 Spectrum Scholar, she is currently pursuing an MLIS from Florida State University.

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