Welcome to our YA Smackdown Round-Up! For those of you who haven’t heard about it, YA Smackdown is an informal, guerrilla-style idea-sharing activity for teen library service professionals. It’s always fun, and there’s something to learn for everyone.
You can join in on a Smackdown at various professional events, start your own with our handy downloadable kit, or join in on a TSU-hosted challenge on social media every Wednesday! (Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.)
After each month, we’ll post a collection of some of the more noteworthy responses. We hope you’ll all join in every week!
What was your most successful technology program?
“Painting with Spheros!” – Eden G.
“We did a coding program …A coworker’s husband came in and taught Scratch and then something else (I had to switch out for a while so I missed that part). His company donated coding books to the kids as well. We’re going to be doing a “Teen Tech Month” with him for the 12-18 yr in March.” – Maggie V.
How do you ensure that your programs are accessible to a diverse array of teens?
“I offer an array of interests for all – anime and all things geek seem to be the great common denominators. Older teens can inspire younger teens – even guide them with growing into upper grades, teachers, school clubs, etc. I also make sure everyone has their own amount of time to talk and share – especially at groups like my Teen Advisory Group, Rainbow Community Club, and Teen Writing Club.” – Molly C.
“We’ve just started alternating some of our program times–once at the library and once at the high school to hopefully eliminate some transportation issues for them. If it works well, we’ll expand to offering more of our regular programs in pop-up locations around town. We have our array of monthly programs like book club, which are mirroring the ‘child’ program so that we can guide them as they age up!” – Kelsey P.
What is your favorite teen book that deals with issues of body image?
We got a lot of great responses to this one, but the most popular titles were:
Butter by Erin Jade Lange, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher, and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Coffee or Tea?
Again, an insanely popular conversation. Coffee won out, though tea made a good showing. There were some dissenters who chose hot chocolate, but these people clearly didn’t have the stimulant dependance that most others had.