Young Adult Library Services, Collections, and Programs
Texas Teens Read! is a summer reading program for youth from 12 to 18 years of age, or from 7th through 12th grades. The 2008 Texas Teens Read! theme is Game On! and the programs in the manual are about video games, role-playing games, board games, trivia games, extreme sports, and more.
This manual provides strategies for developing young adult collections, outlines a reading club designed specifically for young adults, suggests promotional ideas for the young adult reading club and young adult programming in general, and provides age-appropriate ideas for both formal and passive programming.
This chapter features eight programs on topics related to exploration, art, literature, astronomy, history, and marine life, based on the theme, “Sail Away With Your Imagination!” The programs are for preteens and teens in sixth through twelfth grades with varying levels of maturity.
“Reading: The Sport of Champions!” offers plenty of opportunities to involve teens in library programs and activities. The eight programs in the chapter are related to writing, short stories, photography, poetry, team building, and recreational activities.
Get Wild…Read! taps into the idea that young adults need opportunities to “get a little wild” as they explore themselves and their world. The eight programs in this chapter are related to writing, self-discovery, identity and self-awareness, survival and team building, and travel and exploration.
Color Me Cool! includes a Young Adult Reading Club and eight programs for teens on topics related to movies, art, cartooning, body art, poetry, computer art, and Mardi Gras.
Operation: Top Secret! includes a Young Adult Reading Club and eight programs for teens on topics including espionage, spies, thieves, codes, mysteries, private investigators, strategic games, and superheroes.
This chapter outlines a young adult reading club by Adriana Heard and eight programs for young adults.
This list of best practices in 10 key areas of library services to teens were contributed by Texas librarians who attended a workshop series entitled, "Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How to Do It Workshop" presented in March, 2002 by Patrick A. Jones and sponsored by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Links to web sites with information for librarians about young adult collections, programs, and services.
Links to web pages created for young adults by Libraries throughout Texas.