Bookends, Winner of the 2012 Innovations in Reading Prize

Each year, the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize awards five prizes of $2,500 each to individuals and institutions that have developed innovative means of creating and sustaining a lifelong love of reading. The National Book Foundation is proud to recognize Bookends as a winner of the 2012 Innovations in Reading Prize.

Take two Teen Services Librarians from the Poudre River Public Library District, Diane Tuccillo and Sue-Ellen Jones; one Director & Video Production Coordinator from the Poudre School District’s Channel 10, Herb Saperstone (plus his trusty assistant, Matt Gohl, Video Producer); add a group of teens from the Interesting Reader Society (IRS) library teen advisory group; and what do you get? A television program called Bookends.

Bookends started in 1999 and has since evolved to its current format, which documents reading-related information and activities for viewers of Channel 10 and also via the Internet (Teen Lounge, PSD Bookends, YouTube). The lively IRS Bookends shows, hosted and presented by the teens themselves, allow teens to share reviews of favorite books and interview local YA authors. The aim of the IRS Bookends shows is to promote reading among their peers through a forum to which fellow teens can relate. Parents, teachers, librarians, and other adults can also learn what teens are reading through the show and use it to promote teen reading in schools and beyond.