Thursday, March 17, 2011

Around the Web + Summer Reading Idea

Everyone's talking about Jennifer Lawrence being cast as Katniss in The Hunger Games film. I'm not familiar with her work, and admit I'm not sure she looks the part... but according to this article from Entertainment Weekly, author Suzanne Collins fully approves of the casting decision, which is encouraging.

Now I suppose the debate will move on to the casting of Peeta! I've seen Josh Hutcherson's name mentioned as one of the possibilities and I have to say, even though he's not blond, I'm cheering him on. I hosted an event with him at my library in 2008 when he was the spokesperson for YALSA's Teen Read Week, and he was the NICEST guy- definitely Peeta material.

The ebook edition of one of my favorites, The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale, is being offered for only $1.99 until the end of the month. What a bargain! It's such an absolutely gorgeous book. If you haven't read it, now's the time.

School Library Journal highlights the profiles of the 10 youth services librarians honored by Library Journal as Movers & Shakers. Seriously inspiring. People in this field do such very awesome things... I'm taking notes!

And speaking of what we do as librarians, I'm really focusing on my Summer Reading Program plans lately. With the travel theme, "You Are Here," I'm thinking of incorporating Boom Boom Cards as a passive program for teens. The concept is that each card dictates an act of kindness to be done. When you play the card by completing the kind act, you log your act and your location on the Boom Boom Cards website using the card's unique ID, and then pass the card along to someone else. You can view a map on the website and see where the card turns up next. How cool is that, right? I love it! There's even a teen version, so it seems perfect for Summer Reading Program purposes.

I think I'll offer a small incentive to each teen who picks up a Boom Boom Card at our reference desk and proves that they completed their assigned act of kindness by directing us to their entry on the Boom Boom Cards website. To encourage the teens to pass those cards along, maybe I'll offer bonus incentives to the teen whose card goes the farthest geographically, or gets played the most. At the end of the program, hopefully some of the cards will have traveled around to a few different places, and I'll write up an entry about it on my library's blog so the whole community can see what good things our teens are doing.

Can't wait to see how this goes!


  1. I'm already looking forward to hearing the results! It's a pity I have to wait a few months . . . :p

  2. I love your idea of boom boom cards. I can't wait to hear how it all works out :)

  3. Thanks for the comments on my Summer Reading idea! I'm looking forward to it, myself. :)


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