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Back to School!

We can’t deny it any more: It is August. It is technically still summer, but many of us are now thinking back to school.  In fact, I even went out and bought the Tween a few school supplies.  The list is so long and expensive it helps to spread it out over a couple of months.  There may have been some tears shed.

At the library, it’s time to start thinking fall programming.  Well, technically, that time was really during the SRC but, you know, that’s kind of a busy time.  It’s also time to start thinking about reaching out and making and building partnerships between public and school librarians.  As I type this I am working on editing a vlog series I recently recorded with Naomi Bates from YA Books and More on the topic.  I am still newish to vlog editing so, you know, hopefully I will get that done before school actually starts.  Or it will be a series during the school year.  In addition, our Middle School Librarian Robin will be sharing her life as a school librarian throughout the year in her posts.  Robin has also agreed to be the Battle of the Books coordinator for her district this year and I am looking forward to hearing about that.

But while we are thinking back to school, here’s a look at some of the things you can do to help make this year a successful school year for your teens and your library.


Send Them to School in Style: Back to school crafts
Crafts to decorate lockers, get organized and more.  Celebrate going back to school with fun, hands on activities.

Library Boot Camp
Want to help teens figure out how to use the library?  Of course you do! Send them to bootcamp.  Library bootcamp.

Mark My Spot: Bookmarks 
Here’s a quick, easy programming idea that you can do in a school or public library: make bookmarks.  There are several adaptable and easily personalized ideas here.  You could do this program while you talk about book care.

Renovate Your Room – and get organized for school
A ton of programming and organizational activities based on Where’s My Stuff by Zest Books.

Buzzfeed has a great list of 37 DIY Back to School crafts


Teen librarians typically come in two flavors, public and school librarians.  We should talk to one another.  Work together.  Heather talks some about it here and here.  So get together once in a while for lunch, booktalk together.


Great books for Freshmen
They are new, some of them are scared, and most of them have no idea what they are in for.  Check out these great reads for Freshmen.

Great books for Seniors
The heat is on and everyone wants to know, what will you do now?  The teens in these books definitely know how they feel.

Great books for Middle Grade Readers
My tween readers are all about graphic novels right now.  In fact, my tween has read Smile by Raina Telgemeier something like 10 times in the last 3 weeks.  Here are some good reads to add to your collection.

Make the Grade
The ultimate guide for being successful in school

Where’s My Stuff
Has tips for organizing notebooks, lockers, backpacks and, of course, your room.