TLT: Teen Librarian’s Toolbox is a very impressive and fun blog and features TPIB or Teen Programs in a Box; it looks indispensable. The TPIB columnist describes it like this: Teen programming is an important part of what we do as teen librarians. It can also be a time consuming part of what we do, it takes a little bit of time, love and tenderness (wait, is that a song?) to find and put a program together for our teens (and tweens). One of the regular features here at TLT is TPIB. We’re trying to help you with your time issues, so here are some prepackaged programs (that are easily adaptable) for you to use. If you do use a program, or part of a program here, please think about taking some pictures and dropping me a line to let me know. My goal is to make an advocate for teens and libraries so sometimes it is nice to know that I may kinda even a little bit be reaching that goal.
Here is one TPIB example: Feed Their Hunger for the Hunger Games.
Shari Fesko (Teen Services Librarian at Southfield Public Library in Southfield, Michigan) writes the column “Get with the Program” for VOYA (the current issue of the digital version of the magazine, e-voya , and her column in that issue is accessible from the VOYA website).
4YA: Inspiration for Youth Advocates blog by Andrea Graham. According to the “About” statement: 4YA: Inspiration for Youth Advocates, is a blog for youth advocates, parents, educators and industry professionals looking for cool program ideas, creative inspiration and insight into the world youth culture. Developed with the youth professional in mind, 4YA highlights the best creative trends, youth outreach programs, social media, technology and entertainment to help inspire youth experts to develop fresh engaging programs, services and campaigns.
Andrea Graham’s 4YA “Most Popular Posts” has lots of fine programming ideas and tips. See this one based on the work of “Paper Divas” artist Vic Matos, “Celebrity Paper Crafts.”
YA Clicks (Feb 2012) in VOYA : see these “tips and tutorials for creating cool movies, photos and presentations” from Rebecca Purdy and the Web Surfers from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. The e-voya (digital magazine) YA Clicks Online Archives have lots of helpful articles about websites, blogging, and teens and technologies but I couldn’t figure out if you need to subcribe to VOYA in order to access these e-voya back issues.
Tag Team Tech a Web-only column of VOYA by Sarah Ludwig (academic technology coordinator at Hamden Hall Country Day School in Hamden, Connecticut) and Joyce KasmanValenza (librarian at Springfield Township High School (PA). For ten years, she was thetechlife@schoolcolumnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer); whoa, lots of techie info here. See this April 2012 column on Infographics as one example. For lesson or programming ideas on infographics see this library guide. Click the following for a list of archived Tag Team Tech columns from VOYA.
The Instructables website, while not directed at library programming or teens for that matter, might be a valuable source of creative programming ideas. You might have to search a while to find inexpensive, easy-to-make DIY projects, but it you’re a crafty person or know someone who is, some of the projects look like they might be a lot of fun; others are for DIY sophisticates with nice tools. This one, “Incredible Cardboard,” looks pretty good, and since the site claims to have posted 40,000 instructables there’s bound to be something for all levels and interests.