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!
Would you rather fight a teen-sized duck, or ten duck-sized teens?
(All work and no play make teen librarians something something.)
“I’m fairly certain I could placate a teen-sized duck with enough bread, but then, I’m fairly certain I could placate ten duck-sized teens with enough pizza…the bread would probably be cheaper, so I’ll go with the duck.” – Martha S.
“Definitely ten duck sized teens. Numbers, numbers, numbers. Plus they will share their pizza!” – Frieda T.
“The teen sized duck. . . it would be easier to reason with it!” – Gina D.
What is your favorite new science fiction book for teens?
Illumiae by Amie Kaufman ran away with the most votes, with notable mentions of Feed (Charbaneau), Armada (Cline), and The Edge of Everything (Giles).
How would you deal with a teen monopolizing your time chatting at the desk?
“It depends why the are doing it. If they are having a really hard time and need support. I will let them for a long time. If it is just telling me about there day I listen for a while and then tell them I have to focus on my work. But most of the time I can do my work and listen to them at same.” – Cindy S.
“I have a few chatters, and I’ll let them stand at the desk for as long as they want, as long as they’re out of the way and they step aside if someone comes up for help. Otherwise, I just talk to them and keep working, and inevitably I rope them into doing something for me. My chatters are usually in the library when we’re not busy, though, so it’s easy to let them stay, and I like having the opportunity to build that relationship.” – Heather B.
“Like most others, depends on the situation. If it’s busy and I’ll just be honest and say, “Hey I have to walk around and make sure that no one else needs my help, but I’m happy to continue this conversation in a little bit.” I will also find an opening if the person seems to be rambling and ask the person if there is anything else I can help them with, but I usually reserve this for when I’m at the children’s desk and have an adult rambling about something that is making me uncomfortable or when I have another person waiting for assistance.” – Alex G.
What was your most successful fandom-related program?
“Cosplay Prom! It has grown so much that we now do it twice a year. We dance to geeky themed music and they make song requests. I have a photo op wall and we do a cosplay fashion show at the end with cheesy but fabulous prizes. I have the details on my blog.” – Val B.
“Yule Ball. It maxed out our 50 participant limit and almost everyone came in costume. We did a Platform 9 3/4 photo booth and I was young McGonagall. We are definitely doing it again instead of our regular TAG Christmas party!” – Nikki S.
“Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter Tea Party. We watched the Tim Burton film, had “tea” and crumpets and Painted the Roses Red” – Gina D.