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Tween Patrons Get Library Space and Programs of Their Own

Tween Patrons Get Library Space and Programs of Their Own.

Good article from School Library Journal on the importance of tween spaces and programs in libraries. We say teens get overlooked, but sometimes I feel like the tweens get lost even more, and they are the ones who are actually more inclined to come to library programs, as many of them are not yet “too cool.” If we can catch them young, there will be more teens in the library who will be used to attending programs.

This just gave me an idea for rearranging the children’s room….hmmmm…..

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Tween Book Club

Yesterday I had my Tween Book Club. We read PIE by Sarah Weeks. I was lucky enough to get the ARC at BEA, and I reviewed it awhile ago. This is a really cute mystery that also makes you hungry for pie, as it has a yummy pie recipe at the end/beginning of each chapter.

I had 7 kids and one mom in attendance. We had a total of 4 apple pies (1 homemade by one of the girls in the group – so good!) and 1 chocolate cream pie. Obviously, we should have coordinated! We polished off the cream pie and almost 2 apple pies while we talked about the book. Most of them really liked it, while a couple hadn’t finished yet. They seemed to not be all that interested in it. It isn’t the most exciting book maybe, but out of the kids who did read it, they really loved the setting, the characters, the fat cat named Lardo, and most especially, the PIE! One girl asked to renew the book a second time so she could make 2 of the pie recipes for friends.

We discussed some themes in the book: friendship, loss, family relationships. We also talked about characterization, mostly the difference between flat and round characters and why both are important in a novel. They had some great insights. They also had a lot of pie, and therefore a lot of SUGAR. I did manage to get them to vote on the December book before I lost them to the sugar rush, and they chose The Tilting House by Tom Llewellyn. I also have this ARC, but I haven’t read it yet. From what we read on the back of my copy, it sounds pretty interesting. Looking forward to reading it! I just hope there’s some good food in it – it’ll be hard to top PIE for that!

Click the link below for Sarah Weeks’s blog. It has the first chapter of PIE and a link to an interview with Sarah about the book. (This was helpful for my discussion questions, especially since the book just came out and there isn’t much online about it.)



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Tween Book Club

This week we had our book club meeting and we had a great discussion about Cynthia Lord’s Newbery Award winning novel Rules.

I had 2 girls and 2 boys and one mom. The mom is awesome. She brings her 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son. They all read the book – sometimes their dad comes too! And they always volunteer to bring snacks – a Youth Librarian’s dream come true! They always have thoughtful comments. Even their son, who mostly comes for the snacks, will make a comment now and then to prove he read the book and got it and is actually paying attention to what we are talking about. I try to find questions and discussion guides online when I can. Sometimes there are activities, which the kids really like.

For this meeting, we discussed the book for about half and hour. They liked the book a lot and had some great insights. I love it when they really get something. It’s also interesting to hear their interpretation of the book. Sometimes I want to bring up all these themes and meanings, but I have to hold my tongue and let them do it. I usually try to pick out a few things to talk about in case the conversation lags. For the second half, they used two activity sheets from the first PDF link below and drew pictures to go with the words for “Jason’s” speech cards. While they drew, we talked about different ideas of how to visualize the words and a little more about the book. Snacks were goldfish (like on the cover – “No toys in the fish tank!”) and capri sun – always a classic. Next month we are discussing Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. I tried to pick something short since the first month back to school can be a bit overwhelming. Currently trying to find a good “scary-ish, mystery-type” book for October. I usually do books in the 9-12 age range. I would welcome any suggestions!




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