Teen Program: Book Speed Dating

If you’re anything like me, overcrowded bookshelves are a major problem. I turned my traditional six-month-weed into a program for my teens.

I brought a bunch of ARCs that I wasn’t going to get before their publication dates, a bunch of ARCs that I had doubles of, and a bunch of finished copy books that I was done with and set them up on a table.

Fifteen teens showed up to speed-date these books. I gave them five raffle tickets and they were able to put their tickets in for any of the books on the tables, once they had had a few minutes to spend with each book.

I didn’t track any finished books, but the most popular ARCs were:

– Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (8 teens)
– Enthralled edited by Kelley Armstrong and Melissa Marr (5 teens)
– Frost by Marianna Baer (5 teens)
– Dark Parties by Sara Grant (5 teens)

The teens had a BLAST with this event and were already asking me when we could do it again. I made sure that everyone went home with at least one book, but I would say a majority of them walked away with two or three.

I’ll be interested to hear from them about which books I should purchase for the library, and I’ll be even more interested if they decide to write a review for any of their books!

This is a totally cost-free program, provided you have books to spare! And even though I had published books, the teens were just as interested in those as they were in the ARCs. I definitely recommend doing this if you have a chance!

(And I believe that Sarah is the person who originally hosted this program at her library. I only copied her success. :D)

I’ll be back on Tuesday, with a Banned Books Week post!


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