We have begun brainstorming for Teen Read Week, which is October 13-19, 2013. We just wrapped up our Banned Books Week with a great contest in which the top ten challenged books of 2012 were strategically displayed with a hand covering the titles. I had around 110 participants take a chance to win our contest.
TRW Contest – It’s very Twitter-like
Teen Read Week will also have a contest, and it is almost ready to go up, even though we won’t begin for two weeks. Our Banned Books Week Display/Contest stirred a lot of commentary, and I hope our Teen Read Week Contest will too. It is going to be very “Twitter” like!
We (my co-librarian and I) have brainstormed together some “tweets” that would come from the perspective of YA Characters. The YA Characters had to be given very teen friendly “Twitter-like” names and their pictures if possible, came from some small portion of a book cover (either the actual book cover or a book in the series.) We choose the “tweets” from our top 25 circulating books over the last two years. We wanted the books to be current and represent our student body, which covers grades 10-12. Here are the “tweets” though we may still tweak them. 12 in all. And maybe more to come.
There are other planned activities on the drawing board as well. They include a surprise one day fine forgiveness bonanza, a daily trivia contest with scratch-off cards to reward students, a bookmark yourself activity (students can help create a personalized set of bookmarks the library will print), daily voting in the YALSA Top Ten, and finally a donut drop-in breakfast for our Top 25 circulating students (who will get a donut and a free YA book of their choice.)
As we firm up our plans and obtain prizes (to yield for the homemade scratch off tickets) and then actually implement the activities, I’ll be sure to share here or in my flickr account pictures. Please share your ideas too.
PS: Scratch off tickets?
Yes!! Read about them here. I’m so excited to use the official Teen Read Week logo and our DHS colors on our scratch 0ff cards!!