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Teens ARE reading, and Authors are like Rock Stars May 31, 2015

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teenbookfestI just got back from the 10th annual Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY. What. A. Blast! Teens crammed the halls, classrooms, and auditoriums of Nazareth College, clamoring for their favorite writers like they were rock stars. (Because they ARE.)  Bestseller list YA authors (Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Dessen, Gayle Forman, Cinda Williams Chima, Matt De La Pena) and up and coming writers (Jason Reynolds, Jennifer Niven, Heather Brewer, and many more) ran hour long Q&A sessions, autographed books, and alternated between joking with teens, and inspiring or encouraging them.

I couldn’t stop smiling: at the excited teens calling out questions, authors hugging their fans, the long lines of young adults waiting to buy books, waiting for autographs and pictures. I overheard animated conversations about which actors should play what book characters, what series they had finished and what they were reading next. “I stayed up until 4am to finish it.” “Me, too!” “I saw Ellen, Mom. ELLEN! (Ellen Hopkins). Star struck excitement got me, too. I saw author Jennifer Niven go into the bathroom and I caught myself thinking “She goes to the bathroom just like the rest of us!” and then I laughed at myself.

If you like to read, write, or know a teen who does, this event is Not To Be Missed!

Rochester Teen Book Fest is free, held every May on the Nazareth College campus, and founded and directed by awesome teen librarian Stephanie Squicciarini.






For even more authors that were at the Book Fest:



Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
CCLD Teen Services

Teen Maker Nights: Hang Out, Geek Out, Create! November 13, 2014

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mixing+cookies+emailsizeTeens ages 12-18 can learn, build, design, and create in Steele Library’s new Tinker Lab and Broadcast Lab on Teen Maker Night, beginning Tuesday Nov. 25 @ 6pm. (Registration is required, call 733-9173). November’s project will use littleBits circuit kits to make monsters that move, breathe fire (maybe!), and have lights.


Teen maker night will be once a month on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 6-8pm. Future projects will be determined by the interests of the teens, so let us know what you would love to do! The possibilities are endless..and not just high tech projects, either. We can explore everything from sewing and jewelry making to making a podcast or video, or printing with our 3D printer. Teens, it is up to you!

crowdshot2014Creating and “messing around” in a supervised makerspace is a fun and informal way teens can expand talents and skills, develop confidence, new friendships, or discover career paths. Learning by reading, doing, creating and collaborating are what libraries are about.

Teens! Let me know what you want to do or explore on Teen Maker Nights! Email teen librarian Doris Jean at metzgerd@stls.org, submit ideas on the CCLD Teen Tumblr page, http://ccldteens.tumblr.com/ or call 733-9175.

Expect the Unexpected…..@ the Library August 26, 2014

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Teens“I never thought the library would be at an event like THIS!” said one person who stopped by our CCLD teen library table at the recent scream music iMatter Festival in Elmira. We laughed and said that you must “expect the unexpected” from the library, especially with awesome teens involved!

Here are a few of the “unexpected” fun events coming up for teens at Steele Library:

Outdoor Movie in Riverfront Park (West Water Street) – Captain America: The Winter Soldier (for all ages) Fri. Sept 12 – Get settled in at 6:30 (kids craft available), movie starts at 7:30. Sponsored by Friends of CCLD and Outside the Box.

CCLD Maker Faire 2014 (for all ages) Sat. Sept 20. Steele library

Video Game Design (for ages 10-18); Registration required; fee paid at registration; $10 per class or $25 for all 3 sessions. Thursdays: Oct. 2, 9, 16 @ 6pm.

Author Skype Party: with Michelle Knudsen & her new Teen book “Evil Librarian” – Wed, Oct. 15 @ 6:30pm.

Night Circus Halloween Teen Ball: Fri. Oct. 24 @ 7pm. Spectacle, music, food, costume prizes. Theme is from the book: “Night circus” by Erin Morgenstern. Check it out @ the library!  Sponsored by Friends of CCLD!

Check out a full list of events on our events calendar: http://www.ccld.lib.ny.us/

Follow our teen library adventures & tell us yours on our new teen tumblr page: http://ccldteens.tumblr.com/

Unexpected Places:

Stop by, say Hi, & get swag & events flyers from our teen library table at:

Your school’s Open house or Parent Academy (in Sept./Oct.)

Become part of the Unexpected: Join our TAG—teen advisory group! Call, email, or stop in & ask Teen librarian Doris Jean: metzgerd@stls.org; 607-733-8603.

Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
Teen Services, Steele Memorial Library, CCLD

Books to Movies for Teens @ your CCLD Library! May 19, 2014

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Have your teens seen the Hunger Games and Divergent movies, read the books, and are clamoring for more? (Are YOU?) Good news! More movies based on great teen books are due out this summer!  Check out the books from our Central library, any CCLD branch library, or download the library’s ebooks from STARCat to read the books before the movies come out!

Upcoming books to movies this SUMMER:

Fault in our Stars (by John Green) Movie release: June 6, 2014

DJM, teen librarian, says: “I read this in one day, cried buckets, and could not shake off the book for several days. Worth every tear!”

STARCat summary: “Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.”

STARCat link for the book: http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default/search/results/?ln=en_US&q=fault+in+our+stars&rw=0

Movie Trailer Link:


Other cool books by John Green: http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default/search/results?qu=green%2C+john&te=&lm=YA

Loved Fault in our Stars? Want more about teens facing life, death, loss and love? Try:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman (Movie release: August 22, 2014)

STARCat summary:

“While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weighs whether to live with her grief or join her family in death. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family.”

STARCat Link for the book: http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default/search/results?qu=if+i+stay&te=&lm=YA&rt=false|||TITLE|||Title

Movie Trailer:


Don’t miss other excellent books on these poignant issues:

Thirteen R3asons Why (Jay Asher)

STARCat Link for the book:  http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default/search/results?qu=Thirteen+reasons+why&te=&lm=YA&rt=false|||TITLE|||Title

Before I die (Jenny Downham)

A terminally ill teenage girl makes and carries out a list of things to do before she dies

STARCat Link for the book:  http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default/search/results?qu=Before+I+die&te=&lm=YA&rt=false|||TITLE|||Title

(fan made) BOOK trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUhWH67YZtQ

For Award winning, classic, dystopian fiction:

The Giver by Lois Lowry (movie release: August 15, 2014)

DJM, teen librarian: “..another book I could not put down and thus read in one day. Harrowing, and thought provoking. Would YOU choose to remember sorrow and pain? Life is easier without choice or decisions, but is that really living?”

STARCat summary: “Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”

STARCat Link for the book:


Don’t miss the rest of Lois Lowry’s GIVER books: “Gathering Blue”; “Messenger”; and “Son.”

STARCat Link for the rest of the GIVER (“Quartet”) books: http://starcat.stls.org/client/en_US/default/search/results?qu=lowry%2C+lois&te=&lm=YA&rt=false|||AUTHOR|||Author

Movie Trailer for The Giver:


Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, star in this award winning, classic, dystopian fiction.

Never a Dull Moment for Teens @ Central Library!

Stay tuned to our Calendar of Events for teen events such as Teen Night, Manga Club, and “Spark a Reaction” Teen Summer Reading fun in July & August.

Teens & Parents: Want reminders for TEEN-only Central (Steele) Library events in your email or your cell phone? Teen Librarian Doris Jean uses “Remind 101”; Your cell phone number will remain private. You will receive reminder messages about teen library events from librarian Doris Jean. You can choose to unsubscribe at any time. Here’s how to sign up for text OR email reminders: For TEXT reminders: text the message @teenevent to the number (607)281-6812; for EMAIL reminders: send a blank email to “teenevent@mail.remind101.com”.

Doris Jean Metzger, MLIS
Teen Services, Central Library, CCLD


Teens & Libraries: made for each other February 10, 2014

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Playing Board GamesI’m very fond of teenagers. Why? Because they are full of intensity of thought, emotion, and growth. They are creative and open to new information and experiences in their search for figuring out who they are now, and who they want to be in the future. Libraries are the best public places for making friends, collaborating, being creative, building relationships, and learning (by both reading AND doing). These characteristics make teens and libraries perfect for each other.

Teenagers have unique developmental needs that are necessary to becoming successful adults. Young Adult library programs (ALWAYS developed in conjunction with teen input), are key in nurturing these needs. Library programs and volunteering teach responsibility, technology skills, develop teens’ interests and talents, prep them for academic success, and more.

How we are already making a difference to teens
Feedback from our teens: Aidan: “It (library programs) gets us out of the house & introduced to a variety of situations and experiences that we wouldn’t otherwise get.”
Dan: “It (the library) prepares us for the future.”
Nick: “This (teen hangout night) is the only place I can be with people I LIKE.”
Mary: “I’ve never been to anything like this before!” Can we do this again…?” (referring to the Vampire Masquerade Ball the Friends generously funded).

My observations
I see teens expanding their skills and confidence by creating designs for CCLD’s block at the sidewalk painting festival, planning a peer learning web programming workshop, and leading the monthly Manga group. New friendships are forged over a Wii video game, and informal homework help sessions between students pop up during teen night. Most poignantly, a teen came to me for help with a family crisis, because she had “nowhere else to go” (except the library) and liked and trusted our youth services staff, since meeting us through teen hangout night.

Activities with Teens at Central Library
I started a TAG (Teen advisory group) for the Central Library. Currently, I have 6 teens in the group. We meet once a month to brainstorm and plan young adult programs, assist with children’s programs, discuss what books, games and music the library should purchase, and determine which fun community outreach events we will participate in. Several of the TAG members are also regular library volunteers.

Teen oriented community outreach
So far this year the TAG group and I have promoted the library at the following community events:
Elmira Streetpainting Festival: TAG designed and painted a library themed square.
iMatter Festival: TAG manned a CCLD table at this annual life-affirming, youth oriented, scream music festival at Eldridge Park
Hero Bot Con: TAG members dressed as their favorite manga or sci fi heroes, helped library staff at the CCLD table, and took turns being Booker.

Current Central Library Teen Programs
Weekly Teen Hang out Night (every Tuesday at 6pm) came directly out of the teen survey I conducted with the help of the Elmira City school librarians. The number one request from area teens was for an after school hangout time.
• Teens play board and video games, socialize, and enjoy snacks. One teen said: “I like coming here because this is the only place where I can be with people I LIKE.” Teen night (and the library in general) is a safe, congenial place away from the social pecking order at school, or a chaotic home life.
So “Bad, It’s Good” Movie Night (monthly; open to Teens and Adults)*
*in collaboration with librarian Jennie Lewis.
• Join us every month for popcorn and good natured heckling of hilariously bad, cheesy movies.
Teen Manga/Anime Club (first Tuesday of each month at 3pm)
Geek out on all things Manga and Anime! Share your favorite movies & books, draw manga, learn about Japanese culture and more!

Future Plans & Programs
Karaoke edition of Teen night: (Tues. Feb 25 @ 6pm)
Teen Tech Share for Teen Tech Week (Wed. March 12 @ 6:00pm)
• Implement programs on game design and gaming.
Re-design the CCLD teen webpage and update the content, in partnership with virtual services librarian, Jennie Lewis and TAG.
Plan, design & find grant funding for a dedicated teen space in the Central Library. We envision this to be a vibrant, active space, one in which teens can do gaming, collaborate and create on computers and other digital media, listen to music, socialize, and..yes….read and study.
We are always looking for teen input or participation! Contact teen services coordinator, Doris Jean Metzger at metzgerd@stls.org or 607-733-9174. Watch our calendar of events and facebook for further teen library adventures!

Resources and Further Reading
Julie Biando Edwards, Melissa S. Rauseo, & Kelley Rae Unger. “Community Centered: 23 Reasons Why Your Library Is the Most Important Place in Town.” Public Libraries Online. Sept./Oct. 2011. Accessed December 30, 2013. http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/04/community-centered-23-reasons-why-your-library-is-the-most-important-place-in-town/

Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell; “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations.” Pew Internet. June 25, 2013. Accessed December 30, 2013; http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/06/25/younger-americans-library-services/

“Teens Need Libraries.” YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). Accessed December 30, 2013; http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teens-need-libraries#Key%20Services

Karyn M. Peterson. “Pew Study: Teens Still Love Print Media, ‘Traditional’ Library Services.” School Library Journal. June 25, 2013.
Accessed December 30, 2013; http://www.slj.com/2013/06/public-libraries/pew-study-teens-still-love-print-media-traditional-library-services/

Doris Jean Metzger
Teen Services, Central Library, CCLD

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