University of Wisconsin–Madison

Programming for Tweens

Your professional shelves are likely lined with story time resources and books full of ideas for cutting-edge teen programs. But what about the young patrons in between?

In this course, we’ll explore the nuts and bolts of programming for Tweens (ages 8-12).  You’ll finish this course with the ideas and confidence necessary to provide outstanding programming for this often hard-to-reach age group.

At a glance

When: Sept 17 – Oct 21

Where: Online

Cost: $165 (10% off if you register by Sept 2)

CE Credit: 1.8 CEUs/18 LEUs

Program: #308319

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

Register by phone: Pyle Center, (608) 262-2451

Register by fax or mail: Print out a registration form

Login information will be emailed to you a few days before the course begins.

Course description


  • Reaching, interacting with, and understanding ‘tweens
  • Selecting topics for ‘tween programs
  • Structuring ‘tween programs for patron success and engagement
  • Resources for ‘tween programming ideas
  • Selecting, displaying, and sharing books and other materials for ‘tweens
  • Getting the most mileage possible out of your planning and preparation time


A pass/fail grade is based on engaging with assigned material, the completion of brief weekly activities, and a short final project. All assignments will emphasize relevance and practicality, and you’ll be able to start using what you gain from this course right away.


Amanda Struckmeyer holds a Master’s Degree from UW-Madison’s School of Library and Information Studies.  She spent three years as an elementary school librarian and seven years as a Youth Services Librarian at the Middleton (WI) Public Library, where her work focused on programming and collection development for ‘tween patrons.  She is also the editor of the Collaborative Summer Library Program Children’s and Early Literacy Manuals.