The Tween Scene: A Year of Programs for 10- To 14-Year Olds

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Tiffany Balducci and Brianne Wilkins-Bester

ISBN-13: 9781617510298

242 pages • 8½ x 11

The Tween Scene: A Year of Programs for 10- to 14-Year Olds is a treasure chest of programs, tips, and ideas for serving the tweens coming to your library. No longer children, while not yet teens, tweens need to have programs geared to their interests and age level. The authors tell you how to get started, how to publicize to tweens, and provide ice breakers to get tweens talking. Included are four programs for each month of the year. Each program description offers advertisement ideas, a guide for preparation, forms, room set-up suggestions, a complete outline for the program presentation, a list of materials used, a budget, and personal comments and suggestions from the authors' experiences. If you are thinking about initiating programming for tweens, or need fresh ideas for your group, this is the book you need. Includes many color illustrations and reproducibles.


Reviewed by Pam Harris, Mississippi Mills PL

This is a great book to dive into and feel inspired. Written by two enthusiastic and clearly passionate (Canadian) librarians, The Tween Scene is chockablock with ideas including four fully flushed out programmes per month?for a year The authors walk us through everything we need to know from preparation to marketing, the time we need to prepare and carry out the programme, the resources we need, and the budget required. The pages are enlivened with actual examples of ads, instructions for some of the activities, and colour pictures to keep the material engaging.

Sprinkled throughout are suggestions linking a programme to the collection, various online support resources, as well as some variations on the theme in case something doesn't quite fit. Most of the ideas presented are affordable and have serious appeal factor. One idea I liked was the 8th Grade Grad Expo. It included a vendor fee, meaning it had an income opportunity for the library while still providing an interesting and fun free event for tweens and their families for and giving local businesses and vendors an unique opportunity to get out in the community.

On the down side, I would like to see more of the why—the rationale underpinning programmes besides fun. True, there is a small introduction section that provides brief insight into the why, but I would like more. I would also like a resource section together with a how-to section as, after all, when the year is done, what will we do? Having a page with the progamme template would also be helpful for us to easily photocopy as would suggestions for how to pitch programming to the Library Board. Otherwise, you will find this a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration—at a price, though. If you are just getting going with tween programming, this book is worth it.

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