Like most libraries, we have book club kits. Ours are held in Rubbermaid totes with 10 copies (9 print and 1 mp3). We also include a duo tang that includes information such as how to run a successful book club, some general questions that could be used for any book club, and some information about the author. We also have questions that are specific to the book in the kit. Patrons are allowed a six week sign out time period, and the kit must be returned whole, not in individual parts (although this DOES happen). The kits are INCREDIBLY popular, especially in the fall months when book clubs are starting up. Some book clubs seem to plan the whole year and decide on which book they will do every month. As it is not always possible to “guarantee” a kit will exist when patrons want it, we often have to encourage patrons to make other choices – just in case.
Book Club Sets Printable revised 2014 Oct.
In Kamloops we have three book clubs with extremely loyal members. Two run from Sept – Apr. The third runs from Jan – Apr. Each club has a different leader. We do not like to exceed about 12 people per group, but we do try to accommodate. This year we had so many people wanting to join that we had to turn people away. Although unfortunate, it is encouraging to know that people truly do want this type of programming. Now our lab technician is starting up an eBook club where patrons will borrow a pre-loaded Kobo. Maybe there are other opportunities – such as bringing book clubs into seniors housing with large print and audio in them? Do any of your libraries do anything like this? I would love to have some ideas. We have also had requests for graphic novel bookclubs. Has anybody had success with this?
Posted by Audrey Ambrus at TNRD Library
One of the biggest challenges in most libraries seems to be attracting certain demographics – in our library it is the teen group. The ones we do see tend to be regulars and those needing access to a public terminal or WiFi. In the last couple of years we have implemented a Teen Advisory Board (TAB for short). This group meets monthly and they discuss what they would like to see the library do for them and they have fun events, such as pizza night, make your own sushi night (using candy!). Funny how food always seems to be such a huge draw for bringing teens in! Overall, TAB has been a success. The hours that the teens put in may also be counted as “volunteer hours” and be included with their required grade 12 volunteer hours.
Our Summer Reading Program is always a huge hit with both children and adults. Usually we don’t even have anything for Young Adults. There was never a demand for it, and if they were readers they would usually jump into the adult program. Our Youth Coordinator (Emily) jumped out on a limb and tried something different:
Teen Summer Challenge (1)(1)
The kids LOVED it! We were bombarded! Some of the challenges were very easy, such as telling a joke to someone who worked in the library. Some were more challenging, like making body armour out of things you found in your recycling bin. We weren’t too strict about things and that may have added to the program’s success. Kids could team up and work on challenges and when a challenge was completed it was never declined if it wasn’t quite what the challenge was. Fifty kids finished the challenge and a Samsung Galaxy was awarded.
During the summer, we also opened up the all purpose room one night per week to any young adults. During this time they were allowed to do whatever they wanted: work on their challenges, read, use WiFi. We also have “teen kits” that are not allowed to be signed out. Some have games in them, puzzles, art kits, etc. During these evenings, there was sometimes food served. Overall, these meetings were quite well attended.
Posted by Audrey at the TNRD library