Weekly Update (10/02/19)
It’s TeenTober! The first one, actually. But first, let me explain what TeenTober is and how it came about. It’s a new celebration that is being hosted by libraries nationwide. YALSA, Young Adult Library Services Association, which is a division of ALA, American Library Association, created this initiative to take the place of Teen Tech Week and Teen Read Week. Why replace existing celebrations? YALSA decided that TeenTober would offer more flexibility to the types of programs libraries plan during the celebration rather than focusing solely on tech and literacy, and would lengthen the celebrations to the full month of October instead of select weeks.
And so, TeenTober celebrates digital literacy, reading, technology, writing, and so much more. How are we celebrating? Well, we have a ton of teen programming going on at our branches and not just during the month of October. But since we’ve just entered October, and it is TeenTober, I’ll focus on programming for the month.
For teens who have an artistic streak, or just those who like to craft, our Central, Haughton, Benton, and East 80 locations all have craft programs this month, on October 3, 10, 19, and 22nd respectively. If you’re looking for a place to discuss favorite books, get suggestions for new books to read, or generally just want to discuss books, we have book clubs! Central and Haughton host their clubs on Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th. Both clubs read by theme, meaning everyone chooses a title that fits the month’s theme to discuss at the next meeting; this month Central is reading a book published the year you were born, while Haughton is reading a book that was made into a movie. Our East 80 Branch also has a book club coming up on October 16, Benton has one on October 21, and our Tooke Branch has one on October 26 where they will discuss the book, The Outcasts by John Flanagan.
If games are more you thing there’s a chess club and a Dungeons & Dragons group at Central. You can take in a talk on the Haunted History of Bossier at several of our branches this month as well, just check out our website calendar for details because I’m out of column inches for all the things we have going on for teens in October. Many of these programs continue throughout the year, so stop in and see us!
Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 11:00am – Book Club: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg, ages 18 and up
Saturday, Oct. 5 @ 9:00am – Café de Benton, ages 18 and up
Bossier Central 746-1693
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 4:00pm – Craft Thursdays, ages 13-17
Monday, Oct. 7 @ 6:00pm – Chess Club, ages 13 and up
Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 5:00pm – BC Books & Beyond: Book Club, ages 9-12
East 80 949-2665
Tuesday, Oct. 8 @ 4:00pm – Tween Tuesday!, ages 9-12
Thursday, Oct. 3 @ 3:30pm – Haughton Homecoming Parade, all ages (Library closes @ 3:30pm to participate in the parade)
History Center 746-7717
Monday, Oct. 7 @ 6:00pm – The Archaeology of Firearms, ages 13 and up (registration required)
Plain Dealing 326-4233
Wednesday, Oct. 9 @ 1:00pm – Fear Factor Food Challenge, ages 9-12
Tuesday, Oct. 1 – Thursday, Oct. 31 – Spooky Haunted House, all ages
- The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina (Non-Fiction; Book, eAudiobook)
- Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming, Illustrated by Diana Sudyka (Children’s Fiction; VoxBook)
- Voices of Valor, D-Day: June 6, 1944 by Douglas Brinkley & Ronald J. Drez (Non-Fiction; Book)
- The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Fiction; Book, Playaway)