Librarians try to compete

The Baltimore Sun has this article on what librarians are doing to try to get teenagers to read, as they continue to fight with other media for their attention.
\"A teen-ager\'s summer schedule can be a librarian\'s nightmare. It\'s tough to compete with social engagements, outdoor activities and a long-awaited respite from the classroom.\"\"But some local library systems are fighting back, joining to offer a Young Adult Summer Reading Club with locker mirrors, markers, Orioles tickets, compact discs and other incentives intended to overcome the distractions of summer.\"

\"Teen-agers need to feel it is fun or uniquely about them,\" said Deborah Taylor, coordinator of school and student services at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. \"It needs to have some aspect of popular culture.\"

\"Under her guidance, the Pratt\'s Young Adult Summer Reading Program - around for about 20 years - has branched out.\"

\"Called Sound Bytes this year, the program for the first time will include Frederick County Public Library, Howard County Library, Prince George\'s Memorial Library System and Carroll County Public Library, which had a trial run at three branches last year.\"

\"The key, said Taylor, is a program with features that connect with teens who have outgrown the kind of reading clubs typically aimed at elementary school pupils.\"

\"The younger children will reach up to participate in the teen-age activities, but the older ones will not reach back,\" said Taylor, noting that a reading club theme using the Ravens football team a few summers ago attracted elementary and middle school pupils.\"

\"Enticing teen-agers to read can be a challenge\"

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