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In this sequel to the book that "takes teen services to a new level" (Adolescence), YA experts Amy J. Alessio and Kimberly A. Patton present entirely new content while building on the successful formula they established earlier. This volume offers several new themed book lists and read-alikes as well as appendices with reproducible handouts for the various programs. This invaluable collection includes

  • A section of introductory material that includes general programming advice
  • Information on teen clubs, and marketing ideas
  • More than 30 programs cleverly organized around a calendar year, including several that focus on technology, with many other ideas that can be adapted year-round as needed

Following the practical suggestions laid out here, young adult librarians in public libraries, school librarians, 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.

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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.

"The lists for all themed activities are very inclusive and provide suggested timelines that will be helpful for implementation. The ideas presented can be used in both public and school library settings, and can be adapted for a variety of needs ... This newer edition will be welcome in libraries regardless of the current status of programs or book clubs for teens. The ideas are useful, relevant, and easy to put into action without significant cost as a factor. The additional suggestions for dealing with the four- to seven-year period when teens are evolving and technology is becoming a larger part of their lives is most relevant."