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 FacebookTwitter, 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!

Who’s your pick to win Printz? Morris?

“I’d love for Girl Man’s Up to win Morris.”- Katy K.

“I’d like Rani Patel in Full Effect to win Morris. I think the Sun is Also a Star will win Printz.”- Erica T.

“I’m pulling for Salt to the Sea for Printz. Rani Patel for Morris, all the way.” – Allie S.

Still Life with Tornado Printz Rani Patel Morris.”- Mary M.

“ARGH this is so hard for Printz. Rani Patel for Morris ….and … The Female of the Species for Printz.” Pamela P.

Girl Mans Up for Morris!”- Katie P.

Rani Patel in Full Effect for the Morris, sooooo good!”- Haley F.

The Serpent King for Morris, When the Moon Was Ours for Printz! Lots of great reads this year. I also loved The Passion of Dolssa and The Sun is Also a Star.”- Andria R.

“There were a lot of good books this year, but my guess is The Lie Tree for the Printz”- Maggie B.

“I just want We Are the Ants to get nominated for something” – Sarah. S.

“Man…this one is so hard. To me, it’s between Salt to the Sea and Female of the Species.”- Cheryl J.

For a complete list of winners, click here!


Best advice for handling problem teens?

“I think finding out what is the real problem. Are they bored or there something going on at home? Why are they acting this way and also setting heathy rules for them to follow. Do not take it personal.” – Cindy S.

“I’m a fan of the 3 strikes and you are out for the day. If the pattern continues I would talk to a higher authority (not quite sure you position in your department, but if you are the head then the director) about getting in touch with the parents and possibly making the ban of a longer duration.” – Monica W.

“With patience and respect, not loudly and in front of their peers, with an appreciation for the turmoil that comes with adolescent development (particularly brain development at this stage!). YALSA has an excellent webinar, Understanding and Managing Teen Behaviors in Libraries.” – Kevin M.

“Start by having a relationship with them – talking to them, getting to know them, etc. when they’re NOT in trouble. It will be easier for them to take correction if they’ve chatted with you and know you’re not an evil shushing monster.” – Jenni F.

“I’m between a high school and middle school so it can get a bit crazy. At the beginning of the school year, I host a game/bored room program where I supply snacks and fun stuff and then, while their mouths are full, I have a “Come to Jesus”. The policy we put together at my branch is that if they break the patron code of conduct, parents are contacted. The next time there is an issue (I’m not talking about being loud or eating or sleeping – normal teen behavior that needs constant correction) they are trespassed from the library. I explain what being trespassed means and how it involves the police and how ridiculous it is to get trespassed from the library. Normally, once it gets to parents, the problem stops. I only had to trespass one kid this school year and I had pulled him aside several times to talk to him and his mom did not respond to any of our calls. I absolutely hate trespassing kids from the library but it’s a matter of providing a safe, comfortable space for the rest of the teens following the rules.” – Amy M.

“A combination of “curious not furious” and three strikes.” – Beth S.

“I’m also a fan of the three strikes and you’re out policy. A lot of great suggestions up above. My library also has a day, week, month, and year ban policy for breaking code of conduct. It really helps getting to know the problem teens and if you respect them they’ll respect you back. Unfortunately one of my problem teen regulars at my library got banned for a year when I was out on vacation. I’ve come to terms with the fact that sometimes the library is not the best place for teens if they cannot follow the rules after repeatedly being told the rules for months on end.” – Xochitl R.



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