Teen Advisory board (TAB) is a way for the teens of Kalamazoo to talk with the staff of their local library. The group meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Central library in the Van Deusen Room, from 3:30 to 5 pm. These meetings are lead by Stewart Fritz and are welcome for all 7th through 12th graders. Snacks and drinks are provided, as well as games after the meeting is done.
This month there was an announcement that there would be a new TAB meeting every third week of the month as well as the first week. This is run by Karen Santamaria. It’s called TAB+. We will also be reviewing books and talking about what we are currently reading. It’s a combination of Galley group and TAB. It “unofficially” starts January 19th.
Film Fest submissions are due January 22! This year’s film festival is being held at the Rave Theater in downtown Kalamazoo. TAB Volunteers get to see all the films. It is taking place on February 27th at 2:30 PM.
At the last meeting we added a volunteer aspect. Ready to Read is a program that gives books out to babies, toddlers, and young children. It also has volunteers read to kids at the library. TAB helped organize books for the Ready to Read organization.
So if any of this interests you, come to the next meeting on February 2nd.
I’ll be there.
It's time to review the list of nominations and vote for up to three of your favorite teen titles from the past year. The nominated titles were selected by fifteen teen book groups across the U.S., including KPL's own Galley Review Group. The ten books that recieve the most votes between now and September 17 will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 17-23, 2010, as this year's Teens Top Ten. Will your vote be counted?
Check back often to learn about Teen Read Week events here at KPL.
Have you been to the library lately? If not, summer is a good time to reacquaint yourself with all the activities available to teens…all for F R E E.
First, there’s the summer reading game, designed to keep kids reading during the summer months by enticing them with prizes and opportunities to win raffle drawings for big ticket items like a digital camera or an iPod Touch. If you haven’t signed up yet, come to any branch and let us know you want to play along. It’s painless, it doesn’t require a library card, and all you have to do is keep track of how many pages you read throughout the summer. We even provide you with a gameboard.
Second, there are all kinds of special programs planned for teens this summer. Whether you like crafts, movies, or gaming, there’s bound to be something you’ll enjoy. There’s even a Japanese Swordplay demonstration. Check our calendar for all the options. Some require advance registration…others you can just show up if the spirit moves you. We’d love to see you!
Lastly, there are three recurring groups that meet on a monthly basis throughout the year: Teen Advisory Board (T. A. B), Galley Review Group, and J-Pop Club. Each of these groups always welcomes new members, so bring a friend and come join us!
Summer at the library – it’s not just for little kids any more.
Here in the Teen Services department, we are constantly striving to provide the kinds of programs that Kalamazoo's teenagers want. We know that gaming, crafts, and Japanese pop culture are popular. And Galley Group attracts new enthusiastic teen readers almost every month. Besides those, however, are there other programs we could offer that would bring you and your friends to the library? If so, we want to hear from you! Among the ideas that we have recently scheduled that either had to be cancelled due to lack of registrants or had few, if any, attendees include reader's theatre and workshops in the library's computer lab.
If you are a teenager and you have some good ideas about how the library can better serve its teen patrons, please leave your comments below. Better yet, consider joining the Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.), which meets once a month. The next meeting is Wednesday, December 2, from 3:30 to 5 in the Van Deusen Room. We look forward to your feedback!
The most recent teens books I have read, Hate List by Jennifer Brown and The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson, were galleys, which means they haven't been published yet. Therefore, unfortunately, I cannot link the titles to a KPL catalog record since they have yet to be added to the Teen collection. BUT...if reading new books before they are even published is something that interests you, I'd like to invite you to join Galley Review Group. Members of GRG have the opportunity to read these pre-publication versions of new books and then provide their opinions to the publishers by filling out this review form. We meet once a month to talk about the titles we've read and to discuss which ones we think should be nominated for the Teens Top Ten list.
If you are an avid reader and would like to get in on the fun of reading new teen titles before everyone else, call the Teen desk at 553-7807. Of just come to our next meeting which will be Thursday, August 6 at 4:00 at the Central branch downtown.
Hope to see you there!
Galley Review Group
Do you wish you could vote in the upcoming presidential election but are not legally allowed to do so due to your age? If so, then Teens' Top Ten might just satisfy that need you have to let your voice be heard. KPL's own Galley Review Group was one of fifteen teen book groups across the country that helped select the nominated titles. And now, when YOU go online to cast your vote during Teen Read Week (October 12-18), you help ensure that the 2008 Teens' Top Ten list is truly representative of the reading tastes of teens everywhere. So go read one or two more of the nominated titles, then cast your vote between October 12 and 18. Check our calendar for other Teen Read Week programs.
Get a sneak peek at upcoming teen books! Read the newest titles by your favorite authors like Chris Crutcher, Sharon M. Draper or Laurie Halse Anderson. Help discover new authors on their way to literary stardom. Join the Galley Review Group.
What is a galley?