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Teen Book Clubs. Oakland Branch, Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County. Where it Started. Oakland Branch Ruth Enlow Library 6 North Second Street Oakland, MD. Garrett County. Social and Economic Profile Estimated population of 29,555

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teen book clubs

Teen Book Clubs

Oakland Branch,

Ruth Enlow Library


Garrett County

where it started
Where it Started

Oakland Branch

Ruth Enlow Library

6 North Second Street

Oakland, MD

garrett county
Garrett County
  • Social and Economic Profile
    • Estimated population of 29,555
    • 5.3% are under the age of 5, 21.5% are under the age of 18, and 17% are 65 and older
    • The median household income is $43,496 with 15% of the population being under the poverty level

*U.S. Census Bureau, 2010, Quick Facts for Garrett County

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Garrett County
  • 79.2% of persons 25 and older have graduated from high school with only 13.8% of this group achieving a Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • 98.4% of the population being white, and the remaining percentage being African-American, American Indian, and Asian
  • Spread out over large geographic area
  • Active tourism population in the spring and the winter
  • Mainly agricultural area with many small businesses.

*U.S. Census Bureau, 2010, Quick Facts for Garrett County

getting them in the door
Getting them in the Door
  • Mail them a letter
  • Email them (if you have access to this)
  • Put information on your website
  • Put up posters in the library
  • Slip Bookmarks in Random Books in the Teen Section
  • Start a Twitter and send notifications
  • Above all else……
the club
The Club
  • The group meets on the last Monday of every month from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • The books for the next month are given out at the end of the book club meeting.
  • Each teen gets a copy of the book club book to keep, gets to have pizza, and participate in an activity or craft at every club meeting
the group
The Group
  • Originally, the group had 23 members sign up
  • Current roster is at 15 members
  • Most sessions have between 7 and 12 teens in attendance
  • The group is comprised of males and females
  • The age range is 12 to 18
  • Teens in the group attend middle school, high school, private school, and some are homeschooled
the key to interaction
The Key to Interaction
  • Make it about Them (After all, it is)
  • Ask them what they like
  • Listen to them!!!
  • Follow Through on their Suggestions
what we do
What We Do
  • Start each meeting with a reminder of the rules
  • No pressures, a chance to communicate
  • Talk about the author and other books he/she has written
  • Go around and share what we liked, what we didn’t like, and if we’d recommend the book to a friend
  • Discussion-this takes on many forms and is dictated by the contributions of the teens
  • Film clips, craft projects, and activities, dependent on the book…extensions
programming in general tips
Programming in General Tips
  • Start small-You don’t have to have the big event!
  • Use the Resources you Have
  • Beg, Borrow, and Plead for What You Don’t
  • If Food is a Draw, Get Area Businesses to Donate or a Kid to Volunteer to Bring a Different Item to Each Meeting
  • Partner with Your Local Businesses and Organizations
obstacles to operation
Obstacles to Operation
  • Funding: How do we pay for pizza and drinks? Where does the funding come from for books?
  • Picking books for males and females: How do we pick books to appease the entire group?
  • Retaining members: How do we keep teens coming?
  • Getting new members: How do we bring in new members?
  • Request donations from local businesses
  • Ask for local merchants to sponsor one book club meeting
  • Send letters to local organizations that donate to non-profits
  • Have a sign-up for a different teen to bring a snack in every month
  • Submit a proposal for funding from the Friends group
  • Submit a proposal for it to be added to the budget
  • Collaborate with local programs
getting books
Getting Books
  • We use Scholastic book clubs through our local schools
  • Parents place orders year round on flyer items
  • We coordinate, submit, pick-up, and distribute orders
  • For every order placed, we receive points
  • We use the points to purchase book club books
  • Some are hard back and some are paper back; always good quality and excellent selection
  • Scholastic also does a discount book program for reading clubs!
appealing to the group
Appealing to the Group
  • Discuss at the beginning of the year
  • Take author and genre suggestions
  • Group agrees to rotate one female main character book one month and one male main character book the next
  • Group agrees to rotate different genres
  • Group agrees to read each book, even if it is not usually “their type”
getting them to come back
Getting Them to Come Back
  • Constantly Seek Their Input and Involvement
  • Make the Atmosphere Physically and Mentally Comfortable and Supportive
  • Keep in Contact-Email, Text, Chat, Call, Write
  • Pick Nights for Programming that they are Available
  • Have Them Help Plan Events
  • Give Small Rewards for Bringing New Members
  • And above all else…….
getting new members
Getting New Members
  • Be consistent
  • Keep talking to them
  • Update and repost advertising
  • Hold open house events to talk about the club
  • Give incentives (i.e. free galleys from attending ALA, donated books, gift certificates or coupons donated by businesses)
  • Try new social networking tools
  • Collaborate with your community
book we ve read

Where the Red Fern Grows

The Sea of Monsters

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian


Magyk: Book One

The Hunger Games

The Found


Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

The Fashion Disaster

So B. It


The Compound


Book We’ve Read
this coming year s books
This Coming Year’s Books
  • Sent, Book 2
  • The Truth about Forever
  • What I Saw and How I Lied
  • Mockingjay
  • Savvy
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Red Pyramid
  • The Switch
  • Cut
  • Speak
  • Skeleton Creek * all cover images from wordpress.com