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Teen Librarian Archives: February 2020

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February was a great month at work!  I continue to learn new things each and every day.  I’ve also gotten to know the people I work with much better and can say that I genuinely enjoy working with all of my co-workers 🙂

Let’s see what my month looked like…

*Teen Librarian Archives is a monthly feature where I’ll share my displays, passive programs, crafts, and my teen programming for the month.

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February marked my 4th month as a Teen Librarian!  It was a BUSY month for me.  Not only did I have my regular programs, but I participated in two outside events, attended a conference, and took my writing club to a writing competition.

Love was in the air at my library this month.  It was very easy to incorporate Valentine’s Day into my displays & passives.

One of my passives this month was titled “Love Your Library.”  I asked patrons to tell us why they love their library by writing their responses on paper hearts.  I am planning on taking some of these responses and using them for a library blog post.

I wrapped a few YA romance books for “Blind Date with a Book”.  I also wrote a few key words & elements on the front to entice patrons to pick them up.

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For my book display cart, I set up a Black History Month display with YA books by black authors, a shelf with YA romance novels, and a shelf with “anti-Valentine’s Day” books (books not centered around romance)

My first event of the month was an outreach event for our local at-risk teens program.  I participated in the Real Money, Real World event.  This event gave each teen a career & monthly salary at random.  The teens then had to go around to different stations such as housing, food, childcare, clothing, etc. to budget their monthly salary.  IMG_2997

Since I was the entertainment station, the teens had to come to me last.  Not going to lie, I had to crush the dreams of the teens that only had a few hundred dollars left by the time they came to me.  This was a very enlightening event for them.

My first in-house program of the month was my Teen Advisory Group.  Each month we complete a service project, and this month we made fleece animal toys to donate to a local animal shelter.  The animal shelter even sent a representative out to collect the donations and bring a furry friend to visit.

Next up, my most successful program was my Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.  We made anti-valentines, decorated sugar cookies with black icing, defaced celebrities, and watched the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.

I had a full house of 19 teens!  They had a blast.

I do want to note that I did receive a bit of negative attention for this event.  Some older individuals online felt that I was promoting hate by throwing an Anti-Valentine’s Day Party… Looking back, maybe if I had titled it an “Un-Valentine’s Day Party,” maybe I wouldn’t have received the criticism.

In February I also got the chance to sub for the Children’s Librarian again and do baby story time.  I absolutely love when I get to do story times!  It just so happens that the photographer for our library system came to take pictures of the event… and I somehow made the front page of a local newspaper?  Must have been a slow news day 🙂

Somewhere in the mix I also helped out with my local intermediate school’s book fair… and no, I don’t even have a child in that particular building, but somehow I got suckered into it.  Below is the front display case we made for the jungle themed book fair.  No, this is not exactly library related, but I was proud of this display, so I decided to include it.

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My second outside event was a STEAM night for our local middle school.  I attended this event to promote our library system’s makerspace & our circulating STEAM kits.  The turn out for this event was great!

Towards the end of February, I attended my first library related conference!  This conference was all about providing library programming and services to teens.  I found it very helpful to connect with other teen librarians in Ohio, and got lots of new ideas!

I finished out my month by taking my high school writing club to a writing competition!  They didn’t place as high as they have in past years, but we did have one writer place 8th.  The top 15 writers in each division are recognized & guaranteed a place at the state competition.  The top 50% of writers that competed in the competition earn a spot at state.  Four out of my five writers earned a chance to compete at state 🙂

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