Teens’ Top Ten: Thoughts from a Book Giveaway Winner

Charlefour_TTT_2It 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.

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