Teens’ Top Ten: Thoughts from a Book Giveaway Winner
It has been such an honor to be selected as one of the recipients of YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway. My library is located in Michigan and we are a medium sized library—not small but not big either. Our library’s budget has been dwindling and the teen budget is the smallest as is the case with most libraries budgets across the country. With winning this giveaway, I would have multiple copies of the titles my teens were clamoring to have! Success, as it is always our goal to have titles available that we know that our teen users are going to want to have on our shelves.
What I have found is having these titles on display with signs, labels and also bookmarks listing the titles has brought even more attention to these titles. With the popularity of these titles, they are honestly not always available in the library. For instance, Veronica Roth’s Divergent series– I cannot keep the copies I have on the shelf, let alone on display for less than a day before someone snatches them up. Perhaps, with the already given mass popularity of these titles, this would not surprise you but with them being on the list it shows the teens browsing the list that there are well known books on the Teens’ Top Ten lists.
I also turn to the Teens’ Top Ten lists for ideas for my Book & More teen book discussion group. Half the battle for an active book discussion group is picking a great book. The Teens’ Top Ten lists take the guesswork out of this because the titles have been vetted by teens across the country. At a glance, I have hundreds of titles to go through and consider for the group.
Lastly, I used these titles frequently when working with parents and teens when trying to help them identify titles for school assignments. Students may be looking for a book to fulfill a specific genre reading assignment or perhaps they just need one for sustained silent reading. Whatever the case, usually if they see that the title is on the Teens’ Top Ten lists they are more inclined to: read the blurb in the book; flip through the pages; pause read some pages; and leave the library with it in their hands. If it is me working with them, I like to tell them to come back and talk with me about the book so we can find more books that will work for them. Most times they do—a win in my eyes.
~Stephanie Charlefour, YALSA Awards and Booklist Marketing Taskforce Member