Teens at the Library

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Ways we found to help keep uncontrollable teens under control in the library.

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  • Quaint community of 10,000
  • In our old Carnegie Building
  • The mega Library...308% Larger than the Carnegie 23,500
  • 1500 People... Great turn out for town of 10,000
  • We hoped ALL member of our community could enjoy it
  • To provide quality materials and services to everyone in our community, in a welcoming atmosphere
  • We made our YA Space Inviting to get Teens into our new library
    Friends gave 8,000 for new YA Books
  • 5 full time
    5 part time
  • As I was trying to put out one fire, the forest was burning out of control behind me...Click
  • So the Friends offered ten $10.00 dollar bills to give away
  • Each Month for 4 Months
  • To kids who were caught being good at the library
  • Screamed for help on PubLib and KanLib
  • From all over the USA
  • Some advice were things we already tried
  • Like the ones near my office
  • Having a Behavior Policy is a Recommended First Step
  • Manhattan Public Library
  • Creating an Unattended Children Brochure
  • Also Available on our website
  • They Get A Brochure
  • He Must bring the brochure back with contact info before they can reenter the library
  • You’ll never know how it could effect their future
  • They purchased a Nintendo Wii and a numbers of games
  • The kids love playing video games at the library
  • They see all the action on three large screens
    They love being able to get loud at the library of all places
  • They love being able to get loud at the library, of all places
  • We have had 82 in attendance at 6 gaming events so far
  • So they get a feel of what is happening
  • They may be in denial at first, thinking their child would not misbehave at the library
  • They may be in denial thinking their child can do no wrong
  • Tell the parent you understand
  • Teens at the Library

    1. 1. Independence, Kansas
    2. 2. 13,500 District
    3. 3. Life was Simple 9,600 Square Feet
    4. 4. MEGA Library 308 % Increase in Public Space
    5. 5. Grand Opening February 10, 2007 1,500
    6. 6. GREAT EXPECTATIONS
    7. 7. Mission Statement To provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.
    8. 8. Picture This...
    9. 9. Teen Study Groups
    10. 10. Teen Advisory Board
    11. 11. We Wished Teens Would Love the New Library
    12. 12. YA SPACE was Born$8,000 In New YA BooksCool SeatingGaming Computers
    13. 13. Be Careful What You Wish For
    14. 14. We Wanted Kids We Got Kids
    15. 15. WELCOME TO OUR
    16. 16. NIGHTMARE
    17. 17. It Starts at
    18. 18. We become infested with...
    19. 19. Teenagers
    20. 20. With ATTITUDE
    21. 21. We Still had a Staff of Only 10
    22. 22. So Handling the Teens Fell On My Shoulders
    23. 23. The Kids Were Running Amuck Spitting on Patrons from the Atrium Destroying the New Elevator Carving Names & Gang Symbols into New Furniture Using Restrooms for Inappropriate Behavior I was Cursed At, Threatened and my House was Egged
    24. 24. No Interest in Joining the Teen Advisory Board
    25. 25. No Funds for a YA Librarian
    26. 26. We wondered... What would motivate kids more than anything else
    27. 27. MONEY
    28. 28. THE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY CAME TO OUR RESCUE
    29. 29. “I Come To Save the Day” “With Carrots!” Diane Hight Friends President F
    30. 30. in the form of
    31. 31. $100.00 Ten $10.00 Bills $100.00$100.00
    32. 32. Each Month For 4 Months
    33. 33. JUSTIN TIME Justin Time 03-01-07 331-3311 Miss Prissy 04/01/08
    34. 34. Names Went into the Monthly Drawing to Win CASH
    35. 35. The Problem Was
    36. 36. Good Kids Kept Being Good
    37. 37. Bad Kids Kept Being Bad “Gotcha fooled Sucka!”
    38. 38. The staff was worn out, stressed out, and ready to scream
    39. 39. So Who Ya Gonna Call?
    40. 40. PubLib... KanLib...
    41. 41. We got some great advice....
    42. 42. We realized then that we were not alone
    43. 43. Some of the Advice We Already Tried...
    44. 44. We Tried Reasoning with Them
    45. 45. That did not work...
    46. 46. We Tried Zero Tolerance
    47. 47. Giving One Warning Instead of Three Then Kicking Them Out You *^#@**$(#& !!!
    48. 48. Some things have worked...
    49. 49. We Called the Police for Out of Control Teens
    50. 50. The Word Must Have Spread If We Say “Police” They Take Off
    51. 51. We Limited their Computer Use Only Two Kids at a Computer at a Time Reduced Time from 1 Hour to 30 Minutes Only Use Computers We Can Monitor
    52. 52. April Nut, Chairperson Our Board Approved a new Behavior Policy
    53. 53. View or Print our Behavior Policy from Our Website
    54. 54. www.iplks.org
    55. 55. The Best Advice was from Manhattan Public Library
    56. 56. www.iplks.org
    57. 57. So When a Kid Acts Bad
    58. 58. TAKE HOME...GIVE TO PARENT/GUARDIAN...BRING BACK Before Reentry
    59. 59. When we encourage proper behavior... We encourage success
    60. 60. Things Were Better BUT...
    61. 61. We Needed Another Carrot
    62. 62. Friends to the Rescue Diane Hight, Friends President F Again!
    63. 63. Must Have Proper Library Behavior
    64. 64. Teens Know What Proper Behavior is... And our Behavior Policy is Posted
    65. 65. When the Kids Heard About the Wii
    66. 66. It was Like a New Dawn
    67. 67. We saw an Immediate Improvement in Behavior
    68. 68. The Kids Love It!
    69. 69. Get Loud!
    70. 70. Must Check Out Two Books
    71. 71. It is working...
    72. 72. Attendance 82 6 @ Gaming Events
    73. 73. Suggestions
    74. 74. Take Action Early
    75. 75. Create a Behavior Policy
    76. 76. Train All Staff on how to handle trouble You gonna make me?
    77. 77. Hold a Board Meeting during your
    78. 78. Create an Unattended Children Brochure
    79. 79. Ask for Parents’ Help
    80. 80. Stick to the Facts Be Respectful Stay Calm
    81. 81. We all want what is Best for their Child and the Library
    82. 82. Too old for daycare Too young to be on their own We all want them to be safe
    83. 83. But EVERYONE Must Follow the Behavior Policy
    84. 84. Ask the Schools for Help yearbooks put names with faces
    85. 85. Ask Fellow Librarians for Help
    86. 86. Most Days...are Peaceful
    87. 87. At Least Until Next Year When the New Crop Invades

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