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A Follow Up with Christen Orbanus

I checked in with Christen Orbanus following my earlier post describing how she has put the color of her hair in the hands of some ‘tweens and teens with the reading prowess to beat last summer’s reading program numbers.



JD Thomas:: How many kids are participating in the summer reading program?
Christen Orbanus:As of right now, I have 84 teens between 6th-12th grade signed up.

JT: How does that compare to last year?
CO: We had around 70 teens signed up last year. I think we did a better job of promoting the program this year… plus everyone wants to see my hair a different color!

JT: Are the kids involved primarily reading traditional bound books?
CO: I would say yes. Most of the teens are reading books, manga, or magazines. I had one boy come in though to show me the ereader app he downloaded to his ipod Touch.

JT: Have you observed any movement towards eBooks among the younger patrons that you serve?
CO: Other than the one boy with his Touch eReader app, most of the kids are still going with good ol’ books.

JT: How will your actual new color be decided among the participants?
CO: I created a survey with Survey Monkey. Once the teens hit 1500 hours, I’ll e-mail out a link to the survey to each teen who participated. They will be required to enter their e-mail address and pick one color from the list (Blue, Purple, Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Black, Silver). The most votes wins! The Rizzieri Aveda School across the street from us, is sending over two student volunteers to do the hair dying here in our Teen Space.

JT: Has any particular book, series, or author been more popular than others this summer?
CO: We have a few books/series we can’t keep on the shelves! The Pretty Little Liars series is super popular right now (maybe because it’s now a tv show?). The girls love it! Also, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Catching Fire have been flying off the shelves here The girls…. And the boys LOVE these books. There’s currently a waiting list for all of these books.

When this is all over I will be sure to post a photo of Christen’s new hair.


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