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NCompass Live: Teens @ the Library: Teen Read Week...and more!


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Sarah Dale-Piersol, from Lincoln City Libraries' Gere Branch, will share how Lincoln City Libraries has developed their teen programming. From getting the teens involved with a Teen Advisory Board to …

Sarah Dale-Piersol, from Lincoln City Libraries' Gere Branch, will share how Lincoln City Libraries has developed their teen programming. From getting the teens involved with a Teen Advisory Board to upcoming teen programming like Teen Read Week, come learn some tips and tricks for serving your young adult users.

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  • 1. Teens @ the Library: Teen Read Week...
    and more!
    NCompass Live – October 14, 2009
  • 2. How Lincoln City Libraries developed our Teen Programming:
    Under the direction of Susan Steider our Young Adult Librarian, and the YS and Administrative Staff, including Pat Leach, Vicki Wood, and Greg Mickells, we began a series of brainstorming sessions to direct the “LCL Teen Experience”. The youth services staff from each branch who work with teens met and we discussed how we wanted to proceed with teen programming system-wide.
  • 3. The Teen Experience
    “Make it Your Space”
    A collaborative programming project between Lincoln City Libraries and the teens of Lincoln.
  • 4. Principles:
    Embracing an active role for libraries in youth development
    Nurturing teens’ development into happy and productive adulthood
    Advocating for teens in our community
    Responding to the diversity of teen experience in Lincoln
    Supporting and encouraging teens to succeed at school
    Recognizing and celebrating teens’ talents, skills and achievements
    Motivating teens through engagement, fun and relevance
    Developing the status of “destination of choice” for Lincoln teens
    Using popular culture as a connector between teens and libraries
    Relying on relationships with youth
    Seeking youth input in planning
    Joining with others to maximize or streamline teen experiences
    From the notes that got us started:
  • 5. Action PlanCreating opportunities for teens to participate in activities where they can learn, socialize, and create
    From the notes that got us started:
    Book groups
    Readers’ Theater
    Podcasts of book reviews
    Visual Arts
    Video productions
    Popular Culture
    Mario Kart
    Dance Dance Revolution
    Duct Tape Creations
    The World of Work
    Volunteer Opportunities
    Acting as library advocates
    Problem solving in the library
    Consulting regarding programs and spaces
    Creating spaces for teens
    Responsive to developmental need to socialize
    Ample and relevant materials to check out
    Ensuring that all library staff provide excellent service to teens
  • 6. At GereThings I’ve Learned
    Ask your teens what they want
    Teen Advisory Board
    Draw from your summer kids
    Those who are uber-present
    Example of a Year’s Schedule for Gere’s TAB:
    A couple of kid-inspired events
    Gaming, parties
    A couple of staff/administration-inspired events
    Parent tea, all-ages Wii fest
    A couple of help-out-the-whole-system events
    Summer training, PB processing
    A couple of work projects
    Fashion Show coupled with “how to” dress for getting a job
    The Adventures of Library Girl & Volunteer Boy
    Living Chess games
    Gaming Tournaments
    Duct tape (anything with duct tape)
  • 7. At GereThings I’ve Learned
    Keep an eye out for what people take to
    Shelfari Book Group
    Grew out of a summer book club that was reluctant to disband
    Online book discussion
    Monthly meetings for a movie or events
    Lied (To Kill a Mockingbird)
    Tamora Pierce Visit
    ADAPT to your branch and your population of kids
    Some branches in Lincoln have had success using the gaming as a ‘reward’ for good behavior
    Other branches have lots of luck with organized gaming events
    Still others use it as a draw – to encourage busy teens to view the library as a destination
    Relationships with your teens are what keep them coming back
    Sure they come for the books, and the games, and the food, but they also come because they know that someone at the library knows them, and is interested in them.
    Ask about their day, about school, if they have homework. Sometimes just that simple question will trigger the – OH YEAH! I need this and such a book for my school project…
  • 8. At GereThings I’ve Learned - Grants
    We’ve had good luck with creating teen programs out of nothing with the generous help of grants, specifically from the Nebraska Library Commission – helped out with some in house funding thanks to the approval of the Library Board.
    Summer Interns
    Our summer interns at Gere have been very successful. We’ve (so far) chosen interns from our TAB group, and this has resulted in some great experiences for those kids. Thus far, 4 of our TAB kids have graduated to being LCL employees – either pages, or interns, or both.
    New Teen Zone Project at GERE
    Asked for new equipment that will bring gaming right into the stacks. Our teen zone will have a mobile gaming unit with headphones right in the stacks, along with CD listening stations, great new seating and display space.
    One goal here is to not segregate the teens. We have them coming in, we have them treating the library as a destination, but their space allotted for gaming is so far from the stacks, we feel they can be better served by being more closely in touch with the collection.
    We also believe this will encourage more of our busy teens who sometimes elect NOT to ‘drop by’ the library with Mom & Dad in the evenings, to come with them instead. If they can spend a few minutes playing Mario Kart on the Wii, and grab a few books while M&D browse, we believe they will say ‘yes’ rather than ‘meh’ when Mom says, “let’s go!”
  • 9. Teen Read Week
    Teen Read Week
    Teen Read Week is October 18-24, but we'll be celebrating it through November! Be sure to check out Susan's Teen Read Week Book List 2009!
    Here are the special events we have planned: