The Challenge runs on the honor system. We're not going to call and quiz you about the books you reported reading; there are no book reports; please don’t text us pictures of every book you read. With that in mind, please swear on your honor that you will:
- Log only books you have actually read
- Only log books you read between Feb 1st and March 31st
- Honestly report the number of pages in your book (or trust the ISBN to do it for you, without argument)
- Read books you legitimately believe teens would be interested in
- Read manga and graphic novels because it benefits the teens, NOT to boost your page count
- Name at least ONE read-alike for titles read (see "What do I get out of it?" below)
- Be part of a team (consisting of at least 3 people)
- Register beginning JANUARY 11th at swonlibraries.org
- HAVE FUN
Well, me, for one thing!
Hi, I'm Cassondra and I'm the new Technology Educator here at SWON Libraries. Great to meet you! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you ever have any questions about TRC or anything else (though you'll get better answers if the questions are in my purview)!
Okay, but what's new about TRC, you ask?
Here's a sneak peek at the new form!
Goodreads, while a fun site that I use on the daily, was difficult to export data from. LibraryThing is easy to export data from (and an awesomely powerful library tool), but not as user-friendly. So, this year we are (with a little help from Google) going it on our own! Registrants will enter information into a Google form, which will plot the information directly to a spreadsheet, thus eliminating the middle man. We're beta-testing, stress-testing, and doing everything we can to make sure this goes smoothly. That said, unforeseen things are bound to happen, so keep an eye out for any news or updates regarding the new method of data collection.
What do I get out of it?
Well, we hope you find some great new titles to recommend to your teens. We also hope to provide you with some useful Reader's Advisory material. While, in the past, we've been a bit ambitious regarding this second goal, this time around we will be scaling it back a little and trying something new.
We'd like you to:
- Make some suggestions for read-alikes your teens are looking for. You'll see this when you register and you'll be able to select these options when you log your books
- Make an effort to name at least ONE read-alike title for the books you log
We'll collect additional information that you can peruse at your leisure, but we are hoping these read-alike lists will be a quick and easy way for you to get something of value out of the program. (Many thanks to Eden Grey, Teen Librarian with the Kenton County Public Library system for the genesis of this idea!)
Oh, yeah, and prizes...
That's right, prizes. Stay tuned for more information...