Spice up teens' time at the library!

Contact: Jill Davis

ALA Editions

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For Immediate Release

December 16, 2008

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce the release of two new titles: “The Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects”and “Teen Spaces, Second Edition: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover.”

The Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects

by Tina Coleman and Peggie Llanes

You and your teen patrons can engage in the hottest new DIY way of life, recycling everything from discarded books to Altoids® tins. The authors' focus on recycled no-cost and low-cost materials addresses most libraries' budget constraints. This practical guide

  • Offers detailed step-by-step instructions for a dozen unique craft items
  • Illustrates each step with photos
  • Outlines tools and materials lists for smooth-running craft programs
  • Includes the authors’ online resources, including a blog

These craft sessions offer a unique way for teens to claim their identities and gain confidence—at the library!

Tina Coleman is member specialist for the membership development department of the American Library Association. Winner of the ALA 2006 Staff Achievement Award, her work as marketing coordinator for ALA Editions and ALA Graphics has given her an insider's view of the library world and a way to apply her multiple creative talents.

Peggie Llanes worked for many years at Christopher House, a Chicago day care and social services center, where she had extensive training in child development, social service, as well as community and group work. Through her experience working with underprivileged children, she developed a keen sense of the importance of presenting open-ended projects that promote creativity and individuality while enhancing self-esteem.

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Teen Spaces, 2nd Edition: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover

by Kimberly Bolan

Giving teens a "room of their own" in the library—one that's fun and trendy—is a surefire way to draw in this important and fast-growing population. As Bolan reveals what it takes for your makeover to go as smoothly as possible, you'll find

  • Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-use templates
  • The latest information on teen spaces policies
  • Updated tools, worksheets, instructions and vendor information
  • Inspiring illustrations and discussions of what other libraries have achieved

In no time, and with budgets big and small, you will find yourself welcoming the inspiration from hundreds of teen spaces around the world, along with hands-on suggestions for revamping your own library.

Kimberly Bolan is a library consultant based in Indianapolis, Ind. Over the past 20 years, she has worked in and with public and school libraries of all sizes. Her work has focused on facilities planning and design, strategic planning, teen and youth services and technology services, as well as customer service and marketing. She earned her MLS at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. A popular speaker at state and national library conferences, Bolan was named a 2004 “Mover and Shaker” by
Library Journal.

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