Douglas County uses Website to Engage Teens
The Douglas County Library System (DCLS) implemented an online only raffle through the Plinkit based website for the 2012 Teen Summer Reading Program. With just a few days left for the raffle, over 195 online book reviews have been received. Each review counted as an entry into a summer-long raffle drawing for a Kindle. Entries were only accepted online. Bookmarks and flyers with QR codes linking directly to the raffle submission form were distributed. Although the county-wide raffle is still ongoing through August 11, the number of participants has been a welcome surprise. Cindy Hutchison, the Youth Librarian for DCLS, expressed, “I am very pleased with the number of entries so far.”
The book reviews will be featured on the DCLS Teen Scene website. In addition to the online raffle, the Headquarters library in Roseburg held weekly raffles based on book reviews submitted in person. The weekly prizes included a Kindle, movie money, Hunger Games Trilogy, and a Munchkin Zombies game among others. Teens also had the opportunity to win prizes through daily trivia questions. Crafts were set out weekly for the teens to complete at their own pace, such as zentangle, origami, owl pellet dissections and more. Victoria Carnate presented a tie dye t-shirt program for each of the DCLS branches and headquarters. -Julie Jeanmard, Douglas County Library System
I Love my Librarian Award
The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.
Nominations for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Awards are open through September 12.
Ten librarians each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times, on December 18, 2012. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.
Recognize the accomplishments of your exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarian. Promotion tools are available at
Library staff could promote this on their library website, near the OPACs or circulation desks, via social media feeds, etc. The promotional section has sample copy for blogs, newsletters, and campus newspapers. -Jen Mauer, Oregon State Library