How to hook a teen reader – one library display

Want to see a great way to entice teens to read? Check out the display Lisa Chellman put up at her library. “Liars, Cheaters, & Crooks.” Who wouldn’t be interested in reading fiction about those topics? And her title kinda reminds me of those gossip magazines some people read at the grocery store while they pretend they’re not. Or maybe talk shows. Hook the audience and reel them in. Great stuff, Lisa!

How do you–or would you–try to get teen readers’ interest? What have you seen that’s appealed to you?

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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6 Responses to How to hook a teen reader – one library display

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Cheryl! I am definitely not ashamed of working some tabloid-style sensationalism into my book displays once in a while. 😀

  2. Cheryl says:

    Good! Because I think it works.

  3. Jennifer says:

    I did a food display – books with food or eating on the covers and lots of pictures of yummy stuff and that seemed popular.

    Right now, I’m not doing any YA displays for a while, b/c the last one I put up was vandalized repeatedly (it was a winter one, snowflakes, slogan “winter is cold, curl up with a hot book” and books on display”) After I replaced the display for the third time, I just decided to give it a rest for a while. Yes, I am feeling grumpy about this. Somebody stole our new vampire book too, Robin McKinley’s Sunshine. Grrr.

  4. Cheryl says:

    Jennifer, the food display sounds fun. And it sounds like the winter display hit some nerves. That’s crummy (and frustrating) that it was vandalized so often!

    And how cruddy that someone stole Robin McKinley’s Sunshine! I love Robin McKinley. Will you be able to replace the book?

  5. Jennifer says:

    Well, yeah, but I’m being optimistic and hoping it will come back. See, about 4 other brand-new hardbacks vanished at the same time…and they came back! So I’m hoping. But I think someone must have fallen in love with it and decided to keep it. Sometimes people forget to check stuff out b/c we don’t have a security system.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Wow–four new hardcovers! I’m glad you got them back.

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