This October, Shreve Memorial Library is highlighting teen services and programs as part of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) TeenTober celebration. Throughout the month, teens are invited to take advantage of new virtual programs and services designed specifically for teens. Programs include virtual book club discussions and art programs, engaging social media content, and assistance with learning and homework. All programs and services are free and open to the public. However, registration may be required.
TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services, and innovative ways teen services help teens learn new skills and fuel their passions, both in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to celebrate all types of literacies according to their library’s schedule. Library staff are encouraged to utilize this new celebration to advocate for and raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services in libraries.
Shreve Memorial Library programs have had to adapt to meet social distancing requirements due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Programs such as teen book club meetings and in-person arts and crafts are now available in virtual formats, allowing teens to share with their peers and express their creative interests. Teens are invited to join in virtual YA book club discussions and participate in SML Art Club workshops.
The SML Virtual YA Book Club meets monthly to discuss books and issues relevant to YA (young adult) fiction and issues. The book club discussions are held monthly via Zoom and registration is required to participate. The next Virtual YA Book Club meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, and will be hosted by the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch’s LGBT+ Book Club. The discussion will cover various YA book titles related to LGBT+ issues. Participants are invited to explore LGBT+ YA book and discuss books they have read, their favorite LGBT+ authors, and books they would like to read in the genre. The book club discussion will take place at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom, and registration for the discussion can be completed at https://bit.ly/SMLBookClub4.
For those not able to make Virtual YA Book Club meetings, Shreve Memorial Library also posts regular 1-Minute YA Book Reviews to social media. These book reviews feature Shreve Memorial Library staff providing their own recommendations and summaries of popular YA book titles available at the library. Each review is completed in 60 seconds or less. These 1-Minute YA Book Reviews can be found on the Shreve Memorial Library Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Teens are also invited to express their creativity and take part in virtual SML Art Club sessions. Each Friday at 2:00 p.m., a new SML Art Club tutorial is posted to the library’s Facebook page. In October, the SML Art Club will feature elements from this year’s One Book One Parish selection, The Starless Sea. SML Art Club video tutorials are suitable for artists of all skill levels and feature step-by-step instructions on how to recreate works of art at home.
In addition to virtual programs, Shreve Memorial Library also offers a variety of digital services for teens and tweens to use. Resources such as Homework Louisiana provide free online tutoring in a variety of subjects as well as test preparation and help with writing assignments, while Creative Bug provides access to a library of video resources to help teens complete a wide assortment of arts and crafts projects. Teens can also access YA e-books, audiobooks, and streaming video through services such as TeenBookCloud, Hoopla, and Overdrive. All digital resources are available with a Shreve Memorial Library card or virtual student library card through the library’s website 24 hours a day.