The first thing I wanted to do was reverse the flow, putting books for younger kids in the back and moving the young adult titles up to the entry way. Why would a teenager want to wade through board books to get to books he or she wanted? Boswell continued the labeling we used previously at Schwartz--"young adult" titles are adult approved, whereas "teen" titles, have some adult-style content, without a lesson necessarily attached. It's not an exact science.
We still noticed that though they were in the store, readers of the section were heading to the section for Stephenie Meyer, but not much else. Other bookstores had moved their teen sections totally out of the kids area. At the Brookfield Schwartz, this transitioned into their pop/humor/graphic novel/music/film sections nearby. The problem with Boswell was that these books were on the other side of the store, and it didn't make any sense to move them near kids. But we did see high school and college-age folks near these sections, also located by our magazines.
And I don't think we're doing well enough with teen books, considering that our friends at college bookstores say this is a very strong category for them, and we are very close to a large university.
So we moved the mountain to Muhammad. The section is about as far from the kids section as it can be. Right now it still has the cutesy purple sign. That will change. Will I have strength for the next challenge, renaming the section to something a bit less "Happy Days"? Hey, we can always change the name back, or move it again.
Now the only problem is, I still can't exactly tell the difference between the sections. Hunger Games seems to be adult-themed but gets good reviews so it's in YA? Is our case really filled with mostly vampire knockoffs? This conversation is to be continued...