Teen Librarian’s Toolbox
Teen Librarian’s Toolbox: for teen librarians short on time, short on money but not short on passion
Teen Librarian’s Toolbox was created by Karen Jensen, who has been a Teen/Youth Services librarian for 19 years! It’s chock-full of excellent resources, including:
- Book Reviews on super-new titles (both by librarians and by teens!)
- Teen Program In a Box, a page full of pre-packaged programs that are easily adaptable and cut down on the amount of planning and time that goes into great programming.
- The Why YA? campaign, which is Karen’s crowd-surced response to Joel Stein’s recent proclamation that adults should only read adult books. It’s a wonderful online hub for YA authors and readers to share why they love YA lit, and why it’s important.
- The Spark Award, which honors the YA title with the most potential to spark social change
- Autism resources for serving young patrons on the autism spectrum at your library
- #the2012project— a collection of photos of teens using the library. The goal is to get 2,012 photos during 2012 to send a clear, visual message that teen services are important to real people!
And that’s just the beginning. Karen and the rest of the TLT crew are active on Twitter (@TLT16) and tons of other social media outlets and they’re super-fun to talk to. The site updates regularly, and there are tons of ideas for marketing library services to teens, and ways to involve your library in TLT’s reading and advocacy campaigns.