Follow the conversation on twitter @ #SWON#trc2017
Start gathering your teams now. Remember, a "team" is at least 3 people, but you don't have to all be librarians, library employees, from the same library, or even adults. You have until 03/01/2017 to register a team and may retroactively log your reading.
RETURN OF THE LIBRARY THING: We will be using LT to log books again, this year. Instructions to come.
Prizes will be available again this year. Details are below.
Now, the rules...
#SWON #trc2017 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:
You do not have to be a supporting member, a member in our Ohio service area or any kind of member at all. You do have to register via our website above, meaning you do have to register for an account on our website. But it's FREE!
- 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
- Be part of a team (Consisting of at least 3 people and you may recruit others from your library, friends, people from other libraries... whoever you think would enjoy the challenge!) Part of the goal of #SWON #trc2017 is to foster connections between libraries, library sytems and anyone interested in YAlit.
- HAVE FUN
What do I get out of it?
Besides bragging rights?
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 way too ambitious regarding this second goal, this time around we will be scaling it back even more.
We'd like you to:
- Make some suggestions for read-alikes teens are looking for.
- Make an honest effort to name at least ONE read-alike title for the books you log
- Make an effort to use some of the suggested tags to help categorize the books
- Rate the book
- Leave a review, if you feel comfortable
Oh, yeah, and prizes...
That's right, prizes.
1st Prize: Once again, the winner will receive $250 to be used for the library's teens. You can use it for books, supplies, a summer reading cash prize, towards some Makerspace tech, a pizza party... as long as you spend it on your teens!
2nd Prize: Second place will receive "Code Gamer." Code Gamer connects to an iPad or Android device and allows you to play -- and code -- video games. It comes with light, sound, temperature and motion sensors that you can code to control the game play and a manual with 19 programming projects for your teens to try. You can use this in your programs, lend it out, or give it away as a Summer Reading Prize. Again, as long as it benefits your library's teens in some way, you make the call.
3rd Prize: The third place team gets a Raspberry Pi 3 "Ultimate Starter Kit" What's Raspberry Pi? A tiny, fully functional computer (no peripherals -- meaning monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc. are included) that you can use to learn about electronics, coding, and what makes a computer tick. We've seen Pi used to make everything from a photobooth to a Pi-powered microwave! As with the above prizes, use it in your library or as a prize, as long as you use it for your teens.
ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? Then register ^ up there for #SWON #trc2017 and may the odds be ever in your favor.