The New Power Generation Tweens in the Spotlight!Too Young for the Teen RoomToo Old for the Children’s Room
It's cooler than ever to be a tween, but is childhood lost? http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-02-03-tweens-behavior_N.htm (we watched the clip from the Today Show that is embedded in the article)
Definition of a Tween 8-12 year-olds / 20 million strong Time of transition; physical, emotional, & psychological Each week they spend 12 hours watching TV & 7 hours online 70% say their parents are their best friends 63% DO NOT have cell phones Reading for pleasure continues to drop each year
What Tweens Find Important Parents Family Game Nights/ Mom& Daughter programs Music Add music to your website/programs/stream it Movies Book to Movie tie-ins/ show them/ discuss Being Smart Trivia, Contests, Tutors
Think outside the box Text Messages as an alternative to Book Reports Mo B Dik Call me -Ishml. HngrGms 24 compete. Last 1 alive wins. (franjackson) DireeWmpeeKd MS wrst idea evr. Get me out of here.
Tween Programming & Tween Areas A Review of our Member Libraries
Manhasset Public Library Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book Club 8 – 12 year-olds 24 enrolled 18 showed up 10 boys! Each week, a book, mythology, demi-god skills, and a craft based on book. Example: Week 2- Sea of Monsters.
Manhasset Tween Girls Some of the other tween programs given by Larry Lederer: Make Your Own Quesadilla, That’s a Wrap!, Ice Cream Extravaganza, Iron Chef, Chocolate Making Workshop, Tween Movie Night, Annual Video Game Tournament, Pizza Taste Test Challenge, 2nd Annual Taste-off Cookie Challenge, The Manhasset Sudoku Challenge. Boys’ Bash: Guitar Hero, Boys’ Bash: NASCAR/ Girl’s Night Out: DDR & DDR Super Nova & Wii Sports
Mineola Public Library Contact Vivian Yuan for more information. Vivian sets up and breaks down the tween/teen room each afternoon in a portion of the community room. The Library is next to the Middle School.
Port Washington Tween Area Contact Rachel Fox for more info Port has a tween section in their children’s room and has many programs for them. Below right is a “Walk and then a Talk” where they take a walk and then discuss either one book or they bring a book that they have read to booktalk. Craft programs, acting, games, and many more activities have been offered.
In 1905, 11 year-old Frank Epperson of California mixed some soda powder and water on his back porch. He left the stirring stick in and the temperature dropped overnight… the next morning he had a Popsicle! In 1923, Frank began to sell his creation in seven fruit flavors. What was the original name for this summertime treat? C. Epsicles Board
Valley Stream Tweens- Be Confident! Be Motivated! Be You! Featuring co-authors of 113 Things to Do By 13
Further Reading www.delicious.com/nassaulibrary/tweens Acuff, D.S. What Kids Buy and Why: The Psychology of Marketing to Kids. Simon & Schuster, 1997. Elkind, David. All Grown Up and No Place to Go: Teenagers in Crisis.Perseus Books, 1998. Siegel, D.L. The Great Tween Buying Machine: Marketing to Today’s Tweens. Paramount Market Publishing, Inc. 2001.