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Making the Connection


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Using technology to connect teens and tweens to authors and books. Presented at the April 2010 Reading Roundup by Ellen Booraem, Deva Fagan, Carrie Jones, Kelly McCymer, and Megan Frazer

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Making the Connection

  1. 1. Using Technology <ul><ul><li>to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Authors and Teen/Tween Readers </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Ellen Booraem
  3. 3. Deva Fagan
  4. 4. Megan Frazer
  5. 5. Carrie Jones
  6. 6. Kelly McClymer
  7. 7. Social Networking
  8. 8. Twitter - Justin the Librarian <ul><li>140 max characters </li></ul><ul><li>Compatible with Facebook and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for dialogue </li></ul>
  9. 9. Twitter - Astronaut Soichi
  10. 10. Twitpic
  11. 11. Live Journal
  12. 12. Group Blogs - Authors <ul><li>The Spectacle — </li></ul><ul><li>The Enchanted Inkpot — </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Fiction Café — </li></ul><ul><li>Books, Boys, Buzz — </li></ul><ul><li>YA Fresh — </li></ul><ul><li>GuysLitWire — </li></ul><ul><li>Type M for Murder — </li></ul><ul><li>Fangs, Fur & Fey— </li></ul>
  13. 13. Group Blogs - Readers/Reviewers <ul><li>Kidlitosphere Central </li></ul><ul><li>Young Adult Review Network — </li></ul><ul><li>Readergirlz — </li></ul><ul><li>Teensreadtoo — </li></ul><ul><li>(And Kidsreadtoo)‏ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Group Blogs - Debut Authors <ul><li>Insight into new authors </li></ul><ul><li>Special contests </li></ul><ul><li>Giveaways </li></ul><ul><li>Sneak peeks into upcoming titles </li></ul>
  15. 15. Debut Authors 2009 - 2011
  16. 16. Group Blogs - Publisher Lines
  17. 17. Publisher Website Goodies <ul><li>A look inside the publishing process -- editors, artists, and more </li></ul><ul><li>Extras like author podcasts, games, and lesson plans </li></ul><ul><li>Free promotional downloads </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for teens to sign up for programs to review advance copies of new books </li></ul><ul><li>Email newsletters </li></ul>
  18. 18. Keeping Up With Publishers <ul><li>Sign up for email newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Publishers on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and/or YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to blog RSS feeds (GoogleReader, Bloglines, etc.)‏ </li></ul>
  19. 19. Publisher Websites <ul><li>Bloomsbury Kids: </li></ul><ul><li>Disney Hyperion: </li></ul><ul><li>Egmont: </li></ul><ul><li>Flux: </li></ul><ul><li>HarperCollins: </li></ul><ul><li>Macmillan: http://us. macmillan .com </li></ul><ul><li>Penguin Group: http://us. penguingroup .com </li></ul><ul><li>Random House: </li></ul><ul><li>Scholastic: </li></ul><ul><li>Simon & Schuster: </li></ul>
  20. 20. Teen Advance Readers <ul><li>Macmillan’s InGroup -- Ages 13-19; email InGroup @ hholt .com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Simon & Schuster’s PulseIt -- Teens read advance copies for free online; http:// pulseit . simonandschuster .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Random House’s RandomBuzzers -- Teens earn free books by participating; http://www. randombuzzers .com/ </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Review by Expert
  22. 22. Review by Peer <ul><li>Peer-generated reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Peer-generated discussion </li></ul>
  23. 23. Interviews <ul><li>Interesting “behind the scenes” with author </li></ul><ul><li>News of upcoming books </li></ul><ul><li>Reader interaction in comments section </li></ul>
  24. 24. Podcasts
  25. 25. Live Chat <ul><li>Interesting “behind the scenes” with author </li></ul><ul><li>News of upcoming books </li></ul><ul><li>Reader interaction in comments section </li></ul>
  26. 26. Skype an Author <ul><li>What is Skype and how do I use it? </li></ul><ul><li>*Skype is a computer application that allows you to make free video calls via the internet. </li></ul><ul><li>*You need a computer with a camera, a microphone and speakers (many have these built in now) and an internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>*Download Skype for free: http://www. skype .com </li></ul>
  27. 27. Skype-an-Author Contact Info <ul><li>A searchable list of authors: http:// skypeanauthor . wetpaint .com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Authors who offer free 20 minute visits to classes or book clubs: </li></ul>
  28. 28. Skype-an-Author Visit Tips <ul><li>Author and teacher Kate Messner offers tips at : http://www. schoollibraryjournal .com/article/ca6673572.html </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Test everything in advance, and be prepared for technical glitches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage kids to have questions prepared. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relax and have fun! </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Kay Cassidy’s Scavenger Hunt <ul><li>A way for libraries to get kids involved in reading -- prizes! </li></ul>
  30. 30. 2009 Lupine Winner <ul><li>Interactive games for kids </li></ul>