Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Club Programs for Teens: 101 Activities for the Entire Year

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

Club Programs for Teens: 101 Activities for the Entire Year

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Club Programs for Teens: 101 Activities for the Entire Year. By Amy J. Alessio and Heather Booth. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 192 p. Paper $49.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1334-5).

Club Programs for Teens is a fun, informative book that provides a variety of options for librarians who are interested in creating "club" programs for their teens--programs that occur regularly and appeal to teens with common interests. The authors base the idea of clubs around the fact that some teen librarians are experiencing increasing program numbers and a lack of resources to manage those growing numbers. One valid reason for focusing on club programs is that many teens today are busy with overbooked schedules, so offering library programs that occur regularly at the same time each week or month will help them remember to attend. But the authors miss the mark when they imply that the "problem" of large program numbers can be fixed by offering more focused club programs. This is not a solution for libraries whose teens who will come to anything.

The introduction gives tips on how to build clubs and develop them over time, as well as how to proceed when they stop working. The authors rightly criticize the attitude often expressed by teen librarians: "I tried a teen group for a while, but no one came, so I canceled it"; they point out that teen programming requires "constant feedback and adjustment" (xvii). …

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