Michael M Jones (oneminutemonkey) wrote,
Michael M Jones

YA Author-type Peoples!

I have a friend who's working as a high school librarian in Wisconsin, and she's trying very hard to encourage "her" kids to read, and to read the good stuff. She's in charge of the book club, and from what I've gathered, she's been given a good budget and plenty of support. Her goals at this time include:

*Highlight at least one writer every two weeks, including possible interviews and Q&A. This will include the purchase of their pertinent book for display and checkout purposes, my recommendations on the school book blog, and my working up a small school display.

*Select at least four more books for our book-club selections; this involves the acquisition of at least twenty to twenty-five copies of a given book, in-depth discussion for our readers, and more leeway in display advertisement.

*Partner with our community to sponsor at least one author visit to our school. We have a budget, we have willing assistance from our county libraries, we have a very nice small venue, and we have a lot of interested students. Interested parties willing to visit Western Wisconsin very welcome.
*Sponsor at least one other field trip to a book signing; last summer, our kids saw Stephenie Meyer at the Mall of America, and -- did I mention we've got enough of a budget to sponsor this sort of thing?

*Highlight contests for writing, book giveaways, and other YA-lit-themed events and people of interest on our blog and at our library.

So if any of you fine people are interested in helping her... whether it be visiting, or participating in blog discussions, or email interviews, or, well, whatever else comes to mind, go over to Lit Mischief to learn more about it. She can tell you the details, and explain things much better than I can. I think what she's doing sounds great, and I -know- I have some really awesome YA authors lurking in the shadows here, some of whom will do anything to attract a few more readers. :>

End of Public Service Announcement. Next time, it's back to being all about me. :>

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