Who YA? Why YA? How YA?

Thanks to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for hosting me for two workshops today, Pain in the Brain and Who YA? Why YA? How YA?. Slides, handouts and link follow after the break. If you attended the afternoon session, please take a moment to complete the evaluation online at:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=U2pDjGj9R8P2jptzsGAkzA_3d_3d


Links: http://www.delicious.com/informationgoddess29/pittsburgh

Handouts for AM Session:

Handouts for PM Session

Reader’s Advisory Booklist

Experimental” genre

Media: 24 (tv show)


  • Young Bond Adventures by Charlie Higson
  • Storm Breaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Spyboy by Peter David, Pop Mhan, and Norman Le 
  • Nonfiction about spies, forensics, etc.
  • Code Orange by Caroline Cooney
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Real TimeClick (multiple authors – experimental) ???
  • Toe Tagged: True Stories from the Morgue by Jaime Joyce
  • TimeTwisters (choose your own adventure graphic novel) by Mike Taylor
  • Biographies of people from the tv show (like Kiefer Sutherland! Woot!)
  • Books about the CIA, secret service

Sports (This list is ballin’)

Media: NBA 2K9 (game)


  • NBA 2K9 Prima Game Guide
  • Black and White by Paul Volponi
  • Rucker Park Set-Up by Paul Volponi
  • Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena
  • King James: the LeBraun James Story by LeBraun James
  • Girl Got Game by Shizuro Seino (manga)
  • Final Four (mystery) series by John Feinstein
  • Game of My Life by Jason “J-Mac” McElwain
  • Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso
  • Life, Love and the Pursuit of Free-Throws by Janette Ralliston
  • Slam Magazine
  • books by Michael Lewis
  • One on One by Tabitha King
  • Danger Zone by David Klass
  • Contender and pretty much anything else by Lipsyte
  • books by Rich Wallace
  • books by Chris Crutcher
  • Best American Sports Writing (anthology)
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock
  • In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and Stories Behind Them by Andrew Gottleib

Action Adventure

Media: Grand Theft Auto (game rated M for Mature, #1 game for teen boys age 13, #2 game for teen girls age 13)


  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers
  • HomeBoyz by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
  • Tyrell by Coe Booth
  • Grace After Midnight by Felicia “Snoop” Pearson
  • Breaking Rank by Kristin Randall
  • Stanley Tookie Williams – autobiography of life in crime without glorifying – “Life in Prison”(?)
  • Bluford High series by Anne Schraff
  • Monster Garage: How to Customize Damn Near Anything
  • Hot Rod magazine
  • books about True Crime/Police/Criminal Justice
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Satire (but not Gulliver’s Travels)
  • Mobster biographies
  • books abou Tupac Shakur
  • books about the Hell’s Angels
  • Freedom Writer’s Diary by Erin Gruwell
  • A Rose Grew from Concrete by Tupac Shakur
  • Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
  • Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole


Media: Call of Duty (game)


  • Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose
  • Biographies of World War II heroes
  • From Here to Eternity by James Jones
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle
  • Thin Red Line by James Jones
  • Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
  • We Were Soldiers by Joseph L. Galloway
  • Bloodlines (Legacy of Force series) by Karen Traviss
  • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  • books by Ernest Hemingway
  • books by Harry Mazer
  • Navajo Code Talkers by Nathan Aaseng
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  • War Stories by Garth Ennis
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
  • Cracker, the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Books about the military, code-breaking
  • Battle Dress by Amy Efaw
  • Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan


What’s not lit based? What’s not obvious?

Media: Cloverfield (film)


  • Filmographies
  • Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
  • Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • Rats by Robin Jarvis
  • Gil’s All-Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
  • Watchers by Dean Koontz
  • Justice League of America World War III by Grant Morrison
  • 1st person perspective YA with edgy/nauseating content (think 1st person P.O.V. camera angles)
  • Something set in NYC


Hard to think of anything that’s not literature first

Media: Buffy the Vampire Slayer


  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  • books by Libba Bray
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Vampire High by Douglas Rees
  • Wicked by Gregory Maguire
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Buffy Watcher’s Guides by Christopher Golden
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Loathing in Sunnydale by  James B South and William Irwin
  • Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
  • Hellsing by Kohta Hirano
  • House of Night by P.C. Cast

Media: Harry Potter


  • Spiderwick by HJolly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Prydaine Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander
  • Poison by Chris Wooding
  • Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Carousel Brainstorming exercise

I. Volunteers/Service

A. Type of Programs: Community Garden

B. Collaboration in Community: Food Coops, Farms, Garden Centers

C. Working with Schools: Science teachers can help plan and advertise programs; Key clubs and honor societies can be participants

D. Promotion/PR: Signs in Home Depot; Garden concepts; Sponsorships; Community groups; NewslettersLibrary blog; Publicity in schools, laser tag centers, hang-outs

II Reading Programs

A. Type of Programs: Speed Critique (i.e. like speed dating, two minute critique to person across from you, then move to next person)

B. Collaboration in Community; Local Paper; Community Groups (Churches, YMCA); Boys & Girls club Bookstores; Coffee shops; Local businesses

C. Working with Schools: offer extra credit to participants; Do during booktalk visit

D. Promotion/PR:  library newsletter/website; Cable access channel; bookstores; coffee shops; local businesses

III. Contests

A. Type of Programs: Cooking contest (dessert)

B. Collaboration in Community: Stores that sell cooking supplies; Culinary schools; Restaurants; Chefs; Local food media, newspapers and magazines

C. Working with Schools: No-cook meals (demo to promote); Toaster oven meals (demo to promote); Fortune cookies with event info

D. Promotion/PR: Volunteers make posters; Librarians make aprons; Wear cookware promoting program; Flyers to diners; Info in library cookbooks; Bakesale

IV. Technology/Computers/Media

A. Types of Programs: SSBB Family Tournament

B. Collaboration in Community: Electronic/tech stores; Local food places for snacks

C. Working with Schools: Space where it happens; Send promotional materials; Teachers could be a team member or students v. teachers

D. Promotion/PR: Social networks; Local papers; Announcements in schools; PTA meetings; Library websites; Flyers

Published by Beth Schreiber

reader, writer, gamer, LEGO enthusiast. Avid romance reader.

2 thoughts on “Who YA? Why YA? How YA?

  1. Hi there, have been reading your blog for awhile but finally decided to write and say thank you so much for sharing your PP via slideshare. If I can’t be there in person, at least I can read your content.

    Have you been invited to Australia as yet? If you ever do, please let me know as I would love to hear your talks:)

    1. Thanks, Joanne! I’m doing a presentation in World of Warcraft this spring, and would love to get to AU – please do ask your local library organizations/consortiums/associations to invite to me present at a conference or workshop!

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