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Cooking Up Library Programs Teens and 'Tweens Will Love

Recipes for Success

by Megan Emery Schadlich
Foreword by Justin Hoenke


Laid out in an easy-to-use, cookbook-style format, this guide is brimming with fresh program ideas, offering step-by-step instructions for creating real-world activities that encourage lifelong learning while sparking smiles and laughter.

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June 2015

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 179
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Children's and Young Adult Programs/General
  Children's and Young Adult Services/General

Engage teens and 'tweens with library programs that nurture developmental and social needs—and keep young patrons entertained.

Want to get students tuned in, learning, and having fun? Covering programs ranging from DIY Modern Crafts to CSI Science, these simple plans will give you all the knowledge you need to create complete programs for 'tweens and teens—activities that students will find engaging and entertaining.

For each activity, the author identifies aspects that link to STEAM learning objectives. The educational ties help students learn about new topics while fostering the development of important life skills. While the plans are geared towards public librarians, they can easily be adapted to the school or home environment so parents, teachers, and anyone else who works with teens and 'tweens can create and implement these fun and unique programs.


  • Includes complete plans for more than a dozen educational and entertaining programs
  • Makes connections to STEAM and maker programming
  • Provides library programming guidance from the perspective of a library play specialist with nearly a decade's experience
Author Info

Megan Emery Schadlich works at Chattanooga Public Library in Chattanooga, TN. She holds a degree in adventure recreation from Green Mountain College, VT. Her blog is at

Table of Contents


  • Series Foreword Foreword by Justin Hoenke Acknowledgments Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Antiprogramming Chapter 2: Rainbow Looms for All Chapter 3: Disgusting Science Chapter 4: DIY Modern Crafts Chapter 5: The 3 Ds of 3D Printing Chapter 6: 'Tweens Only Lego Club Chapter 7: Star Wars Cooking Club Chapter 8: CSI Science Chapter 9: A New Take on Teen Advisory Chapter 10: Movie Events Chapter 11: Teen Opportunities Fair Chapter 12: Sewing Machine Camp
  • Index

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