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Planning teen programming is a lot of work, so why offer programs that teens don't want?

Teens need especially exciting and dynamic programs to encourage them to use the library and its resources. In A Year of Programs for Teens, two young adult specialists take teen services to a new level with step-by-step instructions for planning teen programs. Each chapter covers one month of the year and includes four to five program ideas appropriate to the season, as well as suggestions for games, passive programs, and book displays. All programs included in this collection have been tested in real libraries with live teens and offer

  • Scalable program ideas for limited library budgets
  • Tips for gearing the program toward older or younger teens
  • Program-specific details about supplies, preparation time, setup, and marketing tactics
  • Strategies on how to avoid potential problems
  • Stand-alone programs and display ideas for facilities

    Following the practical suggestions laid out here, young adult librarians in public libraries, school library media specialists, and adult and young adult services staff serving teens can easily build a core teen audience and help attract new members to programs and to the library.

  • Amy J. Alessio

    Amy Alessio is an award winning librarian with a black belt in karate. She has co-authored several programming books for ALA Editions, including 50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults (ALA Editons, 2017). She has conducted several webinars for the American Library Association on programming. She reviews mysteries and romances for Booklist and has authored and edited several other works of fiction and nonfiction. She is a former board member for YALSA. She foists her passion for vintage food trends and retro crafts at local and national workshops and on her blog. She has over 1000 vintage cookbooks and still owns her 80’s Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Learn more at

    Kimberly A. Patton

    Kimberly A. Patton is the Teen Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library Central Resource Branch in Kansas City, MO. Before moving to the KC Library, she was the Young Adult Specialist at the Lawrence (KS) Public Library. She graduated from Baker University with a B.A. in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management. A 2007 Spectrum Scholar, she is currently pursuing a Master's of Library and Information Science from Florida State University. She is the 2010 President of the Young Adult Library Services Association, (YALSA). She enjoys reading and cooking lavish meals for her family.

    "Takes teen services to a new level."

    "At last someone has written a collection of great ideas and put them in an easy to use calendar format."
    --Library Media Connection

    "Alessio and Patton have compiled an imaginative guide ... An exciting and invigorating offering for all public and school librarians."
    --School Library Journal