Reaching Teens Through Branch Partnering

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This presentation details the Gallatin Pike Corridor Memorial Foundation Grant to three Nashville Public Library banches. …

This presentation details the Gallatin Pike Corridor Memorial Foundation Grant to three Nashville Public Library banches.

Presented at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference on March 25, 2011

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  • 1. Reaching Teens Through Branch Partnering
    Teaming Up To Attract Local Teens
    Sara Morse
    Suzanne Robinson
    DeAnza Williams
  • 2. History of the Memorial Foundation Grant to NPL
    In 2007, one of the library’s community partners had a conversation with NPL’s Library Director and Foundation Executive Director. They expressed a wish to do something for the Madison area libraries and requested a proposal.
    After assessing NPL’s needs, current trends & the community partner’s focus areas, a proposal was crafted. This proposal was enthusiastically received by the Memorial Foundation, and the Gallatin Road Corridor Afterschool Initiative was born.
    From June 2005-June 2007, the three Gallatin Pike Branches saw:
    a 52% increase in teen circulation,
    a 47% increase in YA materials checked out from these locations by all age groups
  • 3. Purpose of Grant
    The Gallatin Pike Memorial Foundation Grant was designed to give area teens the opportunity to engage in constructive afterschool activities that enhance academic and social skills at the East, Inglewood, and Madison Branches.
    Madison
    Inglewood
    East
  • 4. East
    One of the two remaining Carnegie Libraries in Nashville, East opened in May 1919.
    Across the street from East Literature Magnet School, which serves grades 5-12, East sees a lot of teens afterschool. It is located in a gentrifying neighborhood, serving populations of senior citizens, twenty- and thirty-somethings, and stay-at-home moms.
  • 5. Inglewood
    Inglewood Branch Library was built in the early 1970s as a result of a community petition.
    While the sole school in walking distance from the branch is currently under renovation and the branch sees little teen traffic, Inglewood continues to serve a thriving homeschool population of 3-12 year olds.
  • 6. Madison
    The original Madison Library was built in 1977 and served the community for more than 20 years. A new building opened in August of 2000.
    Madison serves a very diverse population and we are one of the few library branches that has a dedicated teen room.
  • 7. Grant Components
    The two year grant included funds for:
    Collections
    Programming
    Tutoring
    Teen room Renovation at Madison
  • 8. How we approached the grant
    Organized a team with the branches involved
    Team includes:
    4 Branch Managers (2 are Area Managers)
    1 Young Adult Librarian
    Held regular meetings to discuss collections or programming or both as needed
    Area Managers were tasked with facilitating either the Programming or the Collections
  • 9. Collections
    We ordered:
    Two rounds of test prep books
    Professional development materials
    Several small orders of fiction and nonfiction
    Large manga, comic, and graphic novel order
    Movies and music
    Videogame pilot project
    PS2
    Xbox 360
    Wii
  • 10. Videogame Survey – Gaming Platforms
  • 11. Videogame Survey – Preferred Genres
  • 12. Videogame Order
    Madison had 75 games on the final order list, 25 in each format
    Inglewood and East ordered a combined 81 titles
  • 13. Programming
    All locations combined, we offered more than 320 programs over the life of the grant with over 2,409 teens in attendance
    Diverse program offerings included educational, gaming, technology, music, craft and college prep programs
    Branches chose to use the programming funds in different ways: East had several big programs, Inglewood focused on summer reading programs, and Madison had many smaller programs. We all worked together on our major programs
  • 14. Major Programs
    Gallacon: Animanga Festival
    Graphic Art Contest
    Art Workshop
    Cosplay Contest
    Gallacon Finale
    Author Visit with L. Divine
    Upcoming partner programs
  • 15. Gallacon: The Animanga Festival
    Fall Break 2009 – 3 programs in one week
    Graphic Art Contest
    Art Workshop with cartoonist James Barry at East
    Cosplay Contest and Anime Trivia at Inglewood
    Gallacon Finale with Origami, Candy Sushi Making, Anime Screening, Gaming, and Graphic Art Contest Awards Ceremony at Madison
  • 16. The Graphic Art Contest
    We accepted submissions from artists 12-18 for:
    Best Comic Book Page (a sequential story told in multiple panels)
    Best Fan Art (a copies image of a previously created character)
    Best Original Character (created by the artist – not a copy)
    Prizes were awarded in two age groups: 12 to 14 and 15 to 18
    Entries were judged on originality, creativity, and style
  • 17. East: Art Workshop with James Barry
    James L. Barry led the workshop. He illustrated part of the Warriors manga series, and he is Nashville native who agreed to lead the workshop for a small honorarium – just enough to cover the plane ticket
    The workshop drew over 30 teens
    Door prizes were donated by Jerry’s
    Art-a-rama
  • 18. Inglewood: Cosplay Contest
    Prizes were donated by Performance Studios, a local costume shop
    Current and former staff with YA experience volunteered to judge
    Entries were judged on detail, effort, and presentation
  • 19. Madison: Gallacon Finale
    Local origami wiz volunteered his expertise for Origami Workshop
    • Local art school students judged Graphic Art Contest
    • 20. Library’s T.O.T.A.L. teens came to help out with registration and crowd control
  • Madison: Gallacon Finale
    Lots of Japanese snacks from a local international market
    Gaming in the teen room
    Naruto on TV Cart
    DDR on Kiosk, with pads borrowed from another branch
  • 21. Madison: Gallacon Finale
    Candy sushi making in the story room
    Anime Screening from Operation Anime– Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle Rated TV PG
    Door prizes
    donated by
    Ingram
  • 22. Author Visit with L. Divine
    April 2010 at East
    Teens at East had previously used an L. Divine book for a page to the stage program
    Librarian at Pearl-Cohn High School wanted her teens to participate, but transportation was an issue
    Main Library’s technology specialists helped us Skype Ms. Divine’s presentation to Hadley Park, another branch library within walking distance of Pearl-Cohn
    30 teens at East, 22 at Hadley Park
  • 23. Upcoming Programs for 2011
    Teen Iron Chef at Inglewood
    Poetry Slam at East
    Fun Fair at Madison
    Expansion of videogame pilot project
    Creating your own cell phone ring tone with Zig Wajler
  • 24. Programming at East
    Spoken Word: A Tribute to Black History
    Conducted by the local chapter of Youth Speaks
    Beyond the Truth
    Conducted by the local chapter of Youth Speaks
    Page to the Stage – a joint effort with a local theater company
    Teens took a section from Drama High by L. Divine and performed it on stage
  • 25. Programming at Inglewood
    Purchased a one year movie license for ongoing movie programs
    Connecting Literacy Music and Technology program with Zig Wajler
    Ongoing programming featuring T.O.T.A.L.
  • 26. Programming at Madison
    • Mondays – Gaming on the Kiosk
    • 27. Tuesdays – Traditional Teen Programs
    • 28. Wednesdays – Educational programs
    • 29. SAT/ACT practice Tests on 1st Wednesday
    • 30. Artist’s Space on 2nd Wednesday
    • 31. Teen Writer’s Workshop on 3rd Wednesday
    • 32. Anime and Manga Club on 4th Wednesday
  • Programs offered and attendance by fiscal year - Madison
  • 33. Equipment for Programs
    Special equipment purchased with grant funds include:
    A Flip video camera
    An iPod and docking station
    A Meridian kiosk for video gaming
    Spinners to house manga collection
    Electrical outlets
    Fatboy soft seating
  • 34. Homework Tutoring
    The grant funded two part-time homework tutors for East and Madison
    Diverse group of tutors over the last three years - they have been undergraduate and graduate students and a college instructor turned master gardener
    Tutoring is offered afterschool (between 3 and 7 pm) and on weekends as needed
  • 35. Homework Tutoring at East
  • 36. Homework Tutoring at Madison
  • 37. Homework Tutoring Sessions by Age Group at Madison
  • 38. Homework Tutoring Sessions by Subject at Madison
  • 39. Prevent Summer Brain Drain
    During the summer of 2009, the homework tutors at Madison created the Prevent Summer Brain Drain program series
    The eleven week series yielded a total of 33 educational summer programs, attended by 285 students
    Weekly themes included:
    Creative Writing
    Agriculture
    Math
    Cultural Arts
    Creative Arts
    Retro-Tech
  • 40. Teen Room Renovation at Madison
    Planning period: November 2008 – June 2009
    Teen Focus Group: April 21st, 2009
    Renovation: August 6th through 25th, 2009
  • 41. Madison’s Teen Room Before the Renovation
    Dark
    Poor line of sight
    Always adults using the computers
  • 42. First Renovation Proposal
  • 43. Renovation Focus Group / Pizza Party
    We used Kimberly Bolan’s Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step
    Library Makeover, 2nd ed.
    Teens viewed Flickr sets from benchmark library teen centers and gave feedback about what they liked and didn’t like
    We typed up the teens’ responses and sent them to the architect and interior designer
  • 44. Proposal After Teen Input
  • 45. The New Teen Room
  • 46. not-so-Grand Opening
    The Teen Room opened on August 25th, 2009 with a small “not-so-Grand Opening” party.
    We had the official Grand Opening Celebration two weeks later.
  • 47. Partnership Opportunities
    Partner within your region
    Share ideas
    Partner with other libraries
    Teen-Programs-in-a-Box
    Partner with schools
    Limitless Libraries
    Partner with community groups
    Night Out Against Crime
    Partner with your teens!
    Focus groups and program ideas
  • 48. Partnership Basics
    Communicating– in person, by phone, by email
    Being open to everyone’s ideas
    Sharing – ideas, tools, research, materials
    Dividing the workload and volunteering for various tasks
    Give your partner(s) lots of credit!
  • 49. Questions?
    This presentation will be available on slideshare
    www.slideshare.net/
    Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have:
    Suzanne Robinson, Manager
    Inglewood Branch Library
    suzanne.robinson@nashville.gov
    Sara Morse, YA Librarian
    Madison Area Library
    sara.morse@nashville.gov