The Eastern Connecticut Young Adult Roundtable met on Friday March 14, 2008 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mansfield Public Library. The meeting’s main topic was what we are considering doing for the Young Adults this year during our Summer Reading Program. Librarians discussed ideas. They included a “Raw Food” night, Edible Books (Mystic Noank, example 1, example 2, ), anything to do with cooking, and of course prizes, prizes, prizes. Discussions about prizes centered around raising funds from friends of your library, local sponsors, savings bonds from banks, car dealerships, anywhere really that would be willing to donate. The important thing to keep in mind is NOW is the time to start soliciting businesses for their donations. Ideas included either having one big prize at the end of the summer, possibly an iPod or Nintendo DS, or a weekly drawing where one or two small prizes are won each week with something a bit bigger at the end. The discussion of how to submit names into the drawing included them earning a chance to put their name in by volunteering to help with a program at the library or by each book read or both. Someone even suggested it would be great to let the teens do their own program for the younger children at the library. They could simply be featured as Guest Readers at your story times. Whenever possible, try to discover exactly what it is your teens would like to win and see if it is possible to accommodate their wishes. This can be done through your teen advisory board or simple questionnaires left out – if you could win a prize what would you wish it to be?
Included in our discussion was the very handy fact that the words Raffle and Bingo are not to be used at our programs so find a creative way to get around that!
For those choosing the collaborative theme of Metamorphosis @Your Library, there was discussion on focusing on “Change Your Inside, Change Your Outside” and having someone to come in and offer Yoga. I mentioned that I had read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and had been in contact with him about his book and I am including the information for that below. This would also be a great tie in due to changing your inside. See more information here.
There was discussion about each library possibly buying a copy of this book and then letting one another take turns using these copies so that we would have enough multiple copies to go around as we,very sadly, learned that the WLSC book budget was cut. (UPDATE: Canterbury is donating 3 copies, so we’re 4 copies closer to a set!).
Linda also mentioned Google Reader which can alert you to new blogs so that it would be easier and more time efficient for us to not lose too much time with blogging.
Our next meeting will be on the theme of Graphic Novels. It will be held on May 9, 2008 from 10:00-12:00 at the Thompson Public Library. Claudette