G53 - The Tween Scene CLA

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The Tween
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A year of programming for ages 10-14
Tiffany Balducci
Brianne Wilkins-Bester
Meet the Team
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Brianne Wilkins-Bester
– Branch Manager/Teen Librarian, Innisfil Public Library (2004-6)
– Children’s Librarian, Oshawa Public Libraries (2008-10)
– Believes the library should be a fun and wacky place for kids of all ages!
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Tiffany Balducci
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Former Teen Librarian, Oshawa Public Libraries, began February 2008
Currently Branch Librarian, Oshawa Public Libraries
Worked in both Public and Academic libraries since 1999
MLIS with a concentration in Youth Services
Currently a member of the White Pine Selection Committee
Obsessed with Pop Culture including, but not limited to: Perez Hilton, MTV, Degrassi, 90210, Gossip
Magazines, and reality television
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Who are “Tweens”?
• “The time between childhood and adolescence”
• Consistently 8-14 years old
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Why Serve “Tweens?”
• KAGOY (kids are getting older younger)
• They are powerful!
• There are more of them!
– 1,920,355 tweens
– 1,809,895 school age children
– 1,877,095 birth to 4 ….(2011 Canadian Census)
• To create life-long library users
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Where to Begin
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Ask the Tweens
Pop Culture
Look online
Practice what you know
It’s nice if you can relate it to reading. . But you don’t have to!
If you feed them, they will come
Break the ice
Swag
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Oshawa Public Library Tween Programs
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For ages 10-15
Average age: 12
Monday nights 6:30-7:30
Advertising via posters, newsletters, newspapers, online events
listings, social media
• Budget
• Prizes
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Oshawa Public Library Tween Programs
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2008: 2 programs
• 40 participants
2009: 12 programs
• 165 participants
2010: 18 programs
• 324 participants
2011: 24 programs
• 465 participants
2012: 43 programs (system-wide)
• 600+ participants
Average attendance: 16 participants
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A Year of Tween
Programs!
January: The Amazing Race
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February: Anti-Valentines Day Party
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Oshawa This Week
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March: Iron Chef
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April: Party Like an April Fool!
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May: Greek Out!
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June: Chocolate, Chocolate Everywhere
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July: Evidence Hunter
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August: Relic Hunter
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September: TWIG
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October: Urban Legends
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Urban Legends
Can you tell Fact from Fiction?
Poppy Seed Problem
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THE LEGEND:
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Eating poppy seeds plain or on bagels can cause you to
fail a drug test.
THE VERDICT?
TRUE
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opium contained in poppy seeds is enough
to cause a reading in some sensitive tests, though
not enough to affect the person who eats them.
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The Tooth about Coca Cola
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THE LEGEND:
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A tooth left in a glass of Coke over night will be mostly
dissolved by morning.
THE VERDICT?
FALSE
 A tooth will NOT dissolve overnight, though it would
eventually given enough time. This is true of many
drinks we consume such as orange juice, and in all
cases the acid concentration are low enough that our
bodies can deal with them.
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The Great Molasses Flood
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THE LEGEND:
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A great wave of molasses once swept through Boston
killing and injuring citizens.
THE VERDICT?
TRUE
The event occurred on January 15, 1919. Unusually warm
temperatures added more stress to an already dangerously full
molasses tank and caused it to burst. The molasses was as deadly as
a flood and caused twenty one deaths. It also made rescue efforts far
more difficult than water would have due to the stickiness of the
substance which many became stuck in.
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November: Is the Price Right?
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SWITCH?
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SWITCH?
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SQUEEZE PLAY
$3249
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SQUEEZE PLAY
$329
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PICK –A-NUMBER
$17_
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PICK –A-NUMBER
$179
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SHOW
CASE #1
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Showcase #1
$ 14 585
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December: Harry Potter Potions
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More Great Programming Ideas…
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A Wee Bit of Fun
Poetry Pwnage
Bling a Birdhouse!
Journey to Japan
Jungle Boogie Rock Band Tournament
Treasure Hunt in the Jungle
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For more information. . .
• Visit our web site or email us:
http://sites.google.com/site/thetweenscene/
[email protected]
• Look for our upcoming publication “The Tween Scene” available from
VOYA Press and E.L. Kurdyla Publishing.
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