This week, I created the Teen Tech Week display board, searched for books to display for Teen Tech Week, attended a Booklist webinar for upcoming releases of Middle and High School books, and covered even more books.
The TTW board has the schedule on it, with links and QR codes for all of the teen social media, and pictures of some book covers that have some tech in them. Some of the books I chose may not be specifically technology heavy, but they do have some interesting tech in them; one example of that is Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. That series has been one of my favorites for a while now, and the library recently got all new copies on my suggestion, so I’ve really been trying to push them. I also chose Leviathan, another Westerfeld. It’s more steampunk than tech, but I think that the take on technology provides a different point of view for the teens. I chose The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare for similar reasons, although the novel is not exactly steampunk, but the clockwork technologies in it are similar. I also chose Divergent and The Maze Runner by Veronica Roth and James Dashner, respectively, because of the science and technology present in the books. Some other books I chose include Reality Boy, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Evil Genius, Incarceron, Flash Point, and Double Helix. These books will be displayed starting next week, along with some YA nonfiction titles about photography, mechanics, and the like. I had a few teens ask me about the TTW schedule while I was still in the process of making it, so I’m taking that as a good sign. They all seemed to be interested in winning the pizza gift card. I also wrote up a gift request letter for Pizza Inn that I will be delivering next week. (It’s asking them to donate the pizza gift card.)
The webinar was pretty interesting, although when they said “upcoming”, I wasn’t expecting titles to be announced that were nearly a year from being released. I was expecting more spring and summer titles, and while there were a few, the focus was more on the ones that were to be release in fall and winter. I did hear about some great nonfiction series that I would love to add to the library’s collection, along with some really interesting fiction titles. I’m hoping that I can request those to get them added to the collection whenever they are released.
As for the Demco, well, I’m pretty sure the pile of books keep growing.