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What are you up to this year? I, for one, made my own graphics (the logo I created is above). Lately, I’ve been quite unhappy with the focus of YALSA graphics, so I whipped up some of my own. Around here, Guitar Hero & Rock Band are just not as popular as they once were – sure, the teens still play it, but it’s no longer a novelty. The two competing music video game companies really saturated the market, & the teens have moved on.

I don’t know about you, but I love a good book list. Because I like to feature the cover art, & didn’t order bookmarks from ALA, I made a bookmark/book list that served as both. Click for the original image!

Please, feel free to use these as you’d like! I printed the bookmarks on white cardstock, & the colors from the books look great with the black & white logos. Music fiction has all the best covers, if I do say so myself.

As for programming, I’m running a month-long giveaway disguised as a survey of their music tastes. Music is probably the most challenging to figure out; you can’t just judge what’s on the radio any more. A good part of my “usual” teens just keep bouncing from Japanese star to Korean teeny-bopper week to week, & we can’t get a lot of that music in our library. In return for filling out a three question survey (favorite musician, favorite book, favorite part of the library), I’ve giving away a prize pack of books & other various stuff I’ve always got lying around.

As part of our usual “Teens on Tuesday” programming, I’m doing our own version of Silent Library.

Here are my notes on what I’m planning to do:

Silent Library

I’ll hand out cards; whoever gets the skull & crossbones must complete the challenge! You can only win a prize when you complete the challenge without laughing. NO ONE is allowed to make a lot of noise (silent laughter!), if you laugh too loud, you’ll forfeit your chance to win!

Round 1: Eat an oreo without your hands
Round 2: Wrap someone in toilet paper, using the whole roll, in two minutes
Round 3: Write your full name with your feet as legibly as possible within 90 seconds
Round 4: 3 pieces of bubble gum; blow five bubbles within 60 seconds
Round 5: Rattle Race: attach a shaker to your knee; make it to the finish line without making a noise. If noise is made, start again. Everyone who finishes within 2 minutes wins!
Round 6: Eat 5 brussels sprouts, one at a time, within 2 minutes

Final Round: Lifesaver Relay!
Includes everyone, divided into two teams
Everyone sit in a row at the table, with teams on either side. Put a toothpick in between your teeth. The first person, without using their hands, picks up a lifesaver with the toothpick. Once they get it, the next person does the same thing. First team to finish wins the prize!

For every challenge they complete, they’ll win a small prize (pencil, candy, etc). Nothing too bizarre, gross, or painful, but it ought to be fun!

What about you? How are you celebrating Teen Read Week 2010?

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