Thursday, March 31, 2011

Book Talkin'

It's that time again: high school book talks! As I've probably mentioned before, these are my favorite outreaches, since I get to hit so many teens at once. Not only that, but I get to promote our collection and events, and then the kids always come back to the library and say they remember me talking to their class. It's a great connection moment, and it doesn't try too hard.

This time, I ditched the powerpoint method of book talking and instead used Prezi (on the recommendation of Jackie). It was a lot of fun to put together and I think the teens will appreciate something a little more interactive. My only complaints about this method are that I can't link the video to the image, and I couldn't grab a good screen shot for a handout. The first I remedied by creating a playlist on YouTube and the second I decided to forgo completely. I can save the paper and direct the teens to our website, where I've posted the presentation, and my short-term plans for the teen services department is a book list of all the titles I've talked this year.

I've got a huge number of books this time, since I am going to continue the new method of talking different books to different classes. The fun part has been having the kids see a cover and beg me to talk about it, even if I planned to skip it.


  1. Love, love, love booktalking! Sounds like you are going to have a great day :)

  2. I am in LOVE with that book talk! Your teens must FREAK out with awesomeness when you come. :D

  3. Love this! I'm doing a 'hot teen reads' program with booktalking and I think I've found my presentation method!