When you give a teen a great book, he’s going to ask you for a book mark.
When you give him a bookmark, he’ll probably ask you for his own library card.
When you give him his library card you’ll have to explain all the policies for the different items he can check out.
When he’s heard all about the things he can check out, he’ll probably ask you for a few more books, dvd’s and cd’s because he didn’t even know he could check so many items out at the library!
Then he will want to borrow a backpack because he’ll have too much to carry, and he doesn’t want to look too nerdy in front of his friends.
When his friends see his backpack full of awesome stuff from the library, he’ll invite them to come to the library too.
When they all come to the library, they will probably make a lot of noise, and you’ll have to offer them a teen event so they all can enjoy gathering at the library together, without disturbing anyone.
When you offer them an event, they’ll have so much fun that they’ll want to have another.
When you plan a regular teen event, he will learn to talk to you, and trust you, and ask you for homework help.
When he asks you for homework help, you will take him on a tour of the library’s electronic and print resources, and even show him the available online tutoring.
…and then his grades will probably improve, and his teachers and parents will want to know why.
When his parents and teachers find out that the library has been helping him, they will want to come to the library too.
The teachers will probably want you to pull resources, and come to their school and show students where they can find more information for their research project.
When those teens hear about the resources the library has to offer, they’ll come in to the library for their research.
When they’ve finished their research, they’ll be hoping to read a great book.
And chances are, when a teen asks you for a good book, he’s going to ask for a bookmark to go with it.
- Sarah Russo
Megan Whalen Turner | The Queen’s Thief Series
One of the best, most well-thought-of and well-written fantasy series I have ever read. All of the characters are so well-nuanced, the plot both intricate and grand, and the writing eloquent and precious. These books legitimately merit a second, even a third read, just so one can fully absorb the intelligence of the plot. I do not know why I haven’t read this before now, but I regret the years that I didn’t know such beautiful books existed. Everyone should read this.
Attention tumblarians, library-loving tumblrers, and all the internet friends: today kicks off a one-week fundraiser to $1000 to benefit EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.
In order to maximize our efforts,Tumblr is taking on the Twitter community in a race to $1k, from today until next Tuesday, November 20th.
Help today, help tomorrow.
Why does EveryLibrary need our help? Funding raised this week will go towards the necessary personnel and resources needed to do voter analysis on library ballot measures which were voted on across the country during the election. What EL learns from this election will have a critical impact on our strategy of support for future library endeavors on the ballot. Cool and important, right?
Even cooler, if you can’t give cash right now, we’ve partnered with Urban Libraries Unite (an incredible org, check it out) in supporting their book drive which is currently seeking new and good condition used children’s books and new unmarked children’s coloring and activity books (with crayons if possible), to go out to young victims of the storm who are currently in shelters in New York City. Material donations should be directed here.
Please consider giving what you can. Chip in $5 or $10—or donate books to support Sandy victims.
To contribute to the #tumblarian EveryLibrary race to 1k (WHICH I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE WE CAN CLEAN UP WELL BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY), please click through the link above or here.
Give us a like, a reblog, a shout out to your friends and family. Think about it: all we need is about 100 folks to find $10 or so for the cause. Let’s have fun, do good work for EveryLibrary, and flex these Tumblarian muscles. Let us also show Twitter what’s up.
To learn more about EveryLibrary (and to share the good news with your generous friends) please visit here.
i regret nothing
An open letter to parents of teenagers.
Dear Parents of Teenagers,
FEED YOUR TEENS.
Teens should consume on average between 1600 and 2400 calories per day. That is a lot of food. Without enough food throughout the day your teens are starving (when they say they are hungry - they are not just saying it - they actually need food)
Lack of food/low blood sugar affects the academic performance of students according to a study published in the December 2005 issue of the “Journal of Nutrition.” This study found that food-insufficient kids scored lower in reading and math.
In conclusion, feed your teens. They are almost always hungry. I know they appreciate me for planning creative classes, helping them select books, and helping with their research, but I’ve gotten more THANK YOU’s from teens for simply having food available for them to eat.