Summer reading programs are a staple in libraries nationwide and provide a valuable service: keeping teens productive and occupied when they are no longer busy in school. Producing creative programs at the library can be challenging when faced with this easily distracted teen demographic; that's where ""Sizzling Summer Reading Programs"" steps in. Katharine Kan, editor of the celebrated first edition of ""Sizzling Summer Programs"", provides the creative spark for libraries committed to working with teens and preteens through summer programs. Enthusiastic colleagues nationwide share more than 50 successful programs, including nitty gritty details like handling registration, getting donations, creating partnerships, tracking reading, and promoting programs. Reading incentives, community service and volunteering, as well as programs for special teen populations (the homeless, incarcerated, or parents) make this a comprehensive and inspiring reference. You can attract local teens by re-energizing summer reading with creative program ideas like: ""Basic CSI - Crime Scene Investigation"" class with the local police department; Henna tattooing and cultural education; ""Cinema Summer"" reading programs, including character make-up workshops, stop-motion animation workshops, and video production workshop; Art and poetry workshops; and Reading incentives and reading logs. Drawing on the many proven options, youth librarians in any size or type of library can select appropriate programs and policies that meet the needs of their local young adult populations. This time-saving hands-on guide, brimming with winning programs, is a must-have for every library that serves young people.
Katharine L. Kan has been conducting youth programs since 1989. She is currently a freelance library consultant and writer, and works with Brodart's book division selecting graphic novels and YA literature. A popular workshop presenter and VOYA reviewer, she has also worked as YA librarian at Allen County Public Library and in numerous YA posts in the Hawaii State Public Library System spanning more than a decade. She holds her MLS from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Graduate School of Library Studies (now known as the Library & Information Science Program).