Support Teen Literature Day is just weeks away! Held during National Library Week, STLD was created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 2007 to celebrate and highlight teen literature. This year STLD will be held on Thursday, April 15. So what are you doing to celebrate? Here are some suggestions:
+ Do some serious promotion! In the weeks before, make sure your patrons know that STLD is coming. Use social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter) and your library’s blog to raise awareness.
+ Use your teen advisory board and teen book club! Have them suggest display ideas, create promotional posters, or make booklists.
+ Contact your local media. Submit an article to be printed in the newspaper or ask to have a journalist visit the library on STLD to document the library’s activities.
+ Partner with your local school library. Booktalk to students or pass out flyers listing the STLD activities being held at your library.
+ Have a read-in. Offer snacks and drinks to teens who read at the library that day, and offer prizes for teens who read for a certain amount of hours.
+ Hold a library scavenger hunt, let teens create book trailers, or have a special meeting of your teen book club.
+ Give out free stuff! Offer candy or bookmarks to patrons who check out YA books that day.
+ Have a raffle! Let teens enter their name to win books or other prizes.
+ Conduct a survey, either in print or online. Ask what library services teens want or what books they’d like to see in the collection.
+ Encourage patrons to be a part of Operation Teen Book Drop. Readergirlz, Guys Lit Wire, If I Can Read I Can Do Anything, and YALSA have partnered to donate thousands of YA books to teens on Native American reservations on STLD. Readergirlz is asking teens across the country to participate in Operation TBD by leaving a book in a public space in order to share the awesomeness of YA books with others. Check out the readergirlz website for more info!
As librarians working with teens, we support teen literature in our everyday work. But participating in Support Teen Literature Day allows us ways to show the larger library community (both staff and patrons) that YA lit is meaningful and exciting. It’s a great opportunity to shove your favorite books into the hands of YA lit readers and lets you highlight your library’s teen services. So get involved!