The Tween Scene: A Year of Programs for 10- to 14-Year Olds

The Tween Sceneby Tiffany Balducci and Brianne Wilkins-Bester

Price: $50

ISBN: 978-1-61751-029-8

Trade pb.

232 pp.

Publication date: Summer 2014

The Tween Scene: A Year of Programs for 10- to 14-Years Olds is a treasure chest of programs, tips, and ideas for serving the tweens coming to your library. No longer children, while not yet teens, tweens need to have programs geared to their interests and age level. The authors tell you how to get started, how to publicize to tweens, and provide ice breakers to get tweens talking. Then there are four programs for each month of the year. Each program description offers advertisement ideas, a guide for preparation, forms, room set-up suggestions, a complete outline for the program presentation, a list of materials used, a budget, and personal comments and suggestions from the authors’ experiences. If you are thinking about initiating programming for tweens, or need fresh ideas for your group, this is the book you need. Includes many color illustrations and reproducibles.



  1. Shanni Kerr says:

    I do not have a program room, will that affect the programming ideas in this book?

  2. Thanks for this great question Shanni! The majority of program components detailed in this book simply require tables and chairs or open floor space for the tweens to sit while completing stationary activities and crafts. There are also several scavenger hunt-based programs that utilize the entire library, which would be perfect for a building without a dedicated program room. While a program room is nice to have for some of the more boisterous activities we include, like relay races and party games, if a little bit of noise is not a problem for other patrons, there is no reason it cannot be done out in the open. In fact, several of the programs that we describe in the book have been offered at a branch with no program room at all. Finally, many of our program outlines contain more material than a one hour program can allow for, so it’s easier to pick and choose what works for your location.