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

    • Teens @ the Library: Teen Read Week...
      and more!
      NCompass Live – October 14, 2009
    • 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.
    • The Teen Experience
      “Make it Your Space”
      A collaborative programming project between Lincoln City Libraries and the teens of Lincoln.
    • 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
      Families
      Schools
      Businesses
      Organizations
      Foundations
      From the notes that got us started:
    • Action PlanCreating opportunities for teens to participate in activities where they can learn, socialize, and create
      From the notes that got us started:
      Literature
      Book groups
      Readers’ Theater
      Podcasts of book reviews
      Art
      Visual Arts
      Music
      Workshops
      Performances
      Video productions
      Popular Culture
      Gaming
      Electronic
      Mario Kart
      Dance Dance Revolution
      Chess
      Fashion
      Crafts
      Knitting
      Duct Tape Creations
      Beading
      The World of Work
      Volunteer Opportunities
      Internships
      Advisory
      Acting as library advocates
      Problem solving in the library
      Consulting regarding programs and spaces
      Creating spaces for teens
      Safe
      Responsive to developmental need to socialize
      Ample and relevant materials to check out
      Ensuring that all library staff provide excellent service to teens
    • 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
      Organization/Weeding/Shelving/Cleaning
      Successes
      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)
      Facebook
      MySpace
    • 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
      BUILD COMMUNITY
      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…
    • 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!”
    • 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: