National Teen Lock-In, August 1, 2014
Each year, libraries across the U.S. invite teens to an after-hours lock-in for online visits with well-known authors, fun contests, popular crafts, and multi-player games as a finale for the summer reading program. While each event is sponsored by the participating library, librarians share ideas and expertise using Google Docs and Google Sites to coordinate events that bring teens together across time zones and geographic boundaries.
The national lock-in idea grew out of an event coordinated by several California libraries in 2010 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. Each library, large or small, urban or rural, organizes their own activities (and times), and then librarians use digital tools to connect teens.
This year’s theme will be “Chain Reaction,” which combines the national summer reading program themes “Spark a Reaction” and “Paws to Read” – encouraging teens to read in all genres and formats but emphasizing science and nature and science fiction as well as freedom of speech and artistic expression.
The online author chats will be held on Spreecast from 8pm to 1am EST (5-10pm PST). Past authors include: Marie Lu, Andrew Smith, Dan Krokus, Bennett Madison, Colleen Houck, Jessica Brody, Ilsa Bick and Jonathan Maberry. (Authors to participate this year are to be announced but we have our hopes on John Green, James Dashner, Marissa Meyer, Rainbow Rowell, Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, and Rick Yancey!)
Last year, the 16 teens who attended the after–hours event at my library in Tiburon had a blast, although the party was so full of activity, most of the author interviews were drowned out in the chatter while teens baked and decorated cupcakes and played games. Regardless, I encourage teen librarians from libraries of any size, with any level of experience, to get on board now in the fledgling years of this new and exciting event.
If you are a librarian who wants to join the nationwide event or find out more, please feel free to contact us or visit https://sites.google.com/site/teenlibrarylockin/home for more information or see page 46 of the February 2014 issue of VOYA Magazine.
Rebecca Jung, Teen Librarian
1501 Tiburon Blvd., Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 789-2665 x238