Tuesday, July 5, 2011


10, 247 as of last night!

I knew you could do it which is why I put my money where my mouth is! Keep up the awesome work!!!!

BTW, we are nearly double the number of teens registered at BPL and several times more than the other boroughs. Not like we're competing but we KNOW Queens teens are readers and this just shows the truth of that!

Reminder, the $500 will be split between the three libraries with the greatest percent increase in teen registrations over last year (minimum registration 150 teens) so you've got all summer to kick last summer's butt and get some cash for your teen services.

I'm SUPER proud of you all. Nice job!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Great Work--Keep it Going!

Keep up the REALLY terrific work, folks!

As of last night, you've surpassed our 2010 teen registrations by over 1250, are just 729 teens away from matching our 2009 total and just 1582 teens away from our goal of registering at least 10,000 teens!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Half way there!

As of last night, we have more than 5,000 teens registered for Summer Reading 2011.

Rock on!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ten Tips for Teen Summer Reading: #10


We're finally here! Eight months and 35 posts later and Summer Reading Kick Off 2011 is here!

My last tip is this: YOU CAN DO IT!

We are already at 2,689 teens registered as of Tuesday night (7,599 for all ages) and we haven't even officially started yet. You've got this.

As a reminder and as an announcement for those not at the In-Service Tuesday, there's been a change in the challenge!

Instead of giving the cash to a youth-serving charity, I am donating the money to Queens Library!

To the three libraries with the highest PERCENTAGE increase over their 2010 teen registration numbers (minimum of 150 teens registered this year), a split of the cash as follows:

$250 Highest % increase
$150 2nd Highest % increase
$100 3rd Highest % increase

to be used for TEEN SERVICES at the library's discretion (ie. materials, programs, supplies, a party, etc.).

Rock on, team!

Cash in the Coffee Can: $502

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ten Tips for Teen Summer Reading: #9

One More Week

The numbers are already looking great! We have a total of more than 5000 people registered for summer reading, with more than 3000 of them teens. ROCK ON!! We'll be ordering more library card holders as registration incentives and sending out the left overs we have to libraries in need of more in the meantime.

Use your teams, engage your teens, think BIG, be advocates and remember that LIBRARIES MATTER especially in the summer months.

Cash in the Coffee Can: $488

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ten Tips for Teen Summer Reading: #8

What's in a Name?

So there's a new feature on the SR website this year--a random name generator. This was an NYPL thing meant to protect users' privacy and it will likely result in many forgotten names and mass chaos.


Think of the fun you and your teens could have. There are lots of creative arts and writing projects inherent in a random name generator that's formatted like this one. Have your teens draw their names and hang the drawings around your space. Create a story chain involving the characters. You don't even have to use the names you have--build on it and have fun.

Oh! Have the teens create one of those books where the page is cut in parts and you can flip them so it could have a person's head/bird's body/lion's feet (etc) using the generated names.

Think of it this way--if you're going to spend your summer looking up silly names, shouldn't someone get a laugh out of it?

Cash in the Coffee Can: $474

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ten Tips for Teen Summer Reading: #7

So They're Signed Up--What Now?

Once the teens are registered, it's not over. Logging and reviewing books is a fun way to share what teens read while helping us track how much they read. The SR website makes the experience more like other social media experiences so it should be familiar for teens (as long as they can remember their username!!).

Consider highlighting the teens' reviews or work with them to create a new badge. Figure out ways to make their ongoing PARTICIPATION in Summer Reading fun and meaningful.

Cash in the Coffee Can: $460