Friday, January 04, 2013

To Be Hip and With It

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8 comments:

  1. I do all of these things too! Also, I listen to what conversations they have with each other. And seeing what toys are displayed prominently (like on endcaps) at stores around holiday season. Like I really don't understand what a Skylander is, but I know they're hella popular (at least here) because they were all over the place.

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  2. Yep. This is what was stressed at my presentation at the YA lit symposium. It may very well be popular culture but you still have to be attuned to what YOUR community kids are reading and asking about. No matter how often I hand sell them, the Star Wars origami books here do not do well. They sit and sit. You're right on the mark.

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  3. Amy, I have to thank you in advance for posting your ninja party last year, because we are making it into a Ninjago no-school day party, and I expect approximately 5 million kids. I'll blog about it afterward and definitely link back to you.

    Sarah-- you're right, every library is even different! My kids passed through the anniversary of Titanic like NBD, no asking for all the awesome books I ordered for it, but lots of other libraries even had programs!

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  4. I REFUSE. THEY SHALL HAVE CARE BEARS AND POUND PUPPIES AND DEAL WITH IT, KIDS.

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  5. Weirdly enough, Pound Puppies made a modest comeback in 2010: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound_Puppies_(2010_TV_series)

    Pretty sure that means I should schedule a movie program showing The Legend of Big Paw: http://www.veoh.com/watch/v20079519ktECWhT7?h1=Pound+Puppies%3A+The+Legend+of+Bigpaw

    PS I TOTALLY SAW THAT IN THE THEATER.

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  6. I added some donated Care Bears movies a few years ago and they were HUGELY popular. Mostly parents getting them for their kids I think, but quite a few younger kids knew them.

    I've found that building strong relationships with kids really helps. They simple adore educating the unhip librarian on what's cool and popular!

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  7. I liked this post so much I did a teen version of it on my own blog. http://www.bethreads.com/keeping-current-with-teen-culture/

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  8. Thanks Beth! I love your ideas. I'll update my post to link to yours!

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