P R E S E N T E D B Y :T H E R E S A F O S T E R ~ O C L T E E N L I B R A R I A NC A R L Y S H I L L I N G ~ O C L C H I ...
Theresa Foster, Teen Services Barnegat Branch of OCL for 2+ years Prior to OCL, worked as theVirtual Branch Manager of A...
Carly Shilling, Youth & Teen Services Long Beach Island Branch of OCL for 3+ years Has worked with OCL for 9 years Year...
Keep Them in the Library! Having a strong, unified youth services team (YS & YA) canhelp you home-grow children who alrea...
Communicating with Teens… in the Digital Age• Be where the teens are: in thelibrary, in the community,and online• Digital ...
Popular Social Media• Facebook – The trademark name in social media• Twitter – Micro-blogging, short messages only, follow...
Communicating with Teens…in the Library Tweens and teens look up to their library staff advisors asobjective adults who c...
The Teen Zone No matter the size of your teen area…teens need a senseof ownership The Teen Zone in a large/medium sized ...
The Teen Zone The Teen Zone in a small sized branch: The Long Beach Island library’s Teen Zone takes up a corner of the ...
YA Displays Theme your displays with books &multimedia• Let the teens give you the ideas• Let them help choose the books•...
Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Hook them into the right book and they becomelifelong readers! Know what’s popular in...
Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Get your teens interested by: Booktalking Booktrailers: http://www.youtube.com/watc...
Comics & Graphic Novels Superhero• American Standard since1930’s• DC Comics & Marvel arethe Big 2• Superman• Batman• Spid...
Manga – Japanese Comics• Originally published in Japan• Major part of Japanese publishing industrysince 1950’s• Also refer...
Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Guide your teens with: Booklists Stickers on book spines Displays
YA Programs/Clubs Anything with FOOD! Hair chalking Glitter tattoos Beauty Anything DIY Magazine Bowls Anything “ab...
YA Programs/Clubs Crafts:• Gear towards a wide age• Repetitive• Reinvent the old standard
Crafts Continued…• Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle• Find crafts that allow them to tap into their interests andexpress themselves
Gaming @ the Library• Library isn’t a quiet place anymore, but with limitations• Let them do the work• Have an assortment ...
Volunteer Opportunities TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
TAB What we do: TAB meets once a month to come up withprogram ideas, crafts, games and sometimes just to hangout! Teens n...
How to Grow Your TAB It’s like tending a garden First, plant the seed Recruit members. Spread the word/build interest a...
How to Grow Your TAB Watch your TAB grow Maintain your TAB group You will also lose members, but gain new ones too Kee...
Justifications for Having a TAB Gives teens a sense of “ownership” The benefits of mixing tweens and teens in a TAB Dev...
TAB Differences and Similarities Between… What works for a medium/large sized branch:• Monthly meetings with President, V...
TAB Differences and Similarities Between… What works for a small sized branch Long Beach Island library has more tweens ...
General Teen Volunteering Teens can come into the library toaccrue community service hourswithout having to join TAB Hav...
Working Off Fines Teens who have fines can “work them off”
Professional Relationships with Teens Incorporate your personality Be fun, but professional Keep it PG-13 They are NOT...
The Do’s & Donts with Teens Do – snacks, snacks, snacks! Do – music Do – restricted access only Do – you know the old ...
Drama Queens & Know-It-Alls When teens go bad Innocent until proven guilty Bad behavior traits:o Rubber band slingingo ...
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Making lasting connections with teens in the library

  1. 1. P R E S E N T E D B Y :T H E R E S A F O S T E R ~ O C L T E E N L I B R A R I A NC A R L Y S H I L L I N G ~ O C L C H I L D R E N ’ S & T E E N L I B R A R I A NMaking Lasting Connectionswith Teens in the Library
  2. 2. Theresa Foster, Teen Services Barnegat Branch of OCL for 2+ years Prior to OCL, worked as theVirtual Branch Manager of ACLS Monthly• Anime Club• Teen Advisory Board• T(w)een Maker Night• Other notable monthly celebrations Weekly• Tuesday Night Drop-In Gaming (DiG)
  3. 3. Carly Shilling, Youth & Teen Services Long Beach Island Branch of OCL for 3+ years Has worked with OCL for 9 years Yearly Autism Awareness in April Monthly• Teen Advisory Board• Teen Craft• Gaming Fun Weekly• Family Programming/Drop In Crafts
  4. 4. Keep Them in the Library! Having a strong, unified youth services team (YS & YA) canhelp you home-grow children who already love the library intotweens and teens who will love the library too Ageing out – Going from juvenile  tween  teen  18+ Remember – they are growing into adults The importance of tweens School visits is a must!
  5. 5. Communicating with Teens… in the Digital Age• Be where the teens are: in thelibrary, in the community,and online• Digital natives• Follow the trends• Word of mouth still works• Find a linchpin• Do your best to tap into theirneeds
  6. 6. Popular Social Media• Facebook – The trademark name in social media• Twitter – Micro-blogging, short messages only, follow others andshare your own• Tumblr – Micro-blogging, long messages, photos, videos, etc.follow others and share your own – More teens are on Tumblr than Facebook• YouTube – Video-sharing, mostly user-generated clips• Instagram – Photo-sharing for photos sake, can include messages• Pinterest – Photo-sharing, pin board style of themed collections• Skype and FaceTime – Video chat, different platforms
  7. 7. Communicating with Teens…in the Library Tweens and teens look up to their library staff advisors asobjective adults who care about their needs, who want tolisten, who they can have fun with, and who will encouragethem to grow into lifelong library users
  8. 8. The Teen Zone No matter the size of your teen area…teens need a senseof ownership The Teen Zone in a large/medium sized branch:
  9. 9. The Teen Zone The Teen Zone in a small sized branch: The Long Beach Island library’s Teen Zone takes up a corner of the branch.
  10. 10. YA Displays Theme your displays with books &multimedia• Let the teens give you the ideas• Let them help choose the books• Let them be creative• Post the pictures online• Reuse as much as possible
  11. 11. Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Hook them into the right book and they becomelifelong readers! Know what’s popular in: Books Graphic Novels/Manga Magazines Music Multimedia How can you do this? Read YA! Or keep abreast with news publications, such asYALSA, SLJ, VOYA, or even Entertainment Weekly
  12. 12. Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Get your teens interested by: Booktalking Booktrailers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBenU9-0yYc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldyMb9cneAQ
  13. 13. Comics & Graphic Novels Superhero• American Standard since1930’s• DC Comics & Marvel arethe Big 2• Superman• Batman• Spiderman• Wonder Woman• The Avengers• Justice LeagueNon-Superhero• More often Graphic Novels• Fiction, Non-fiction, Anthologies• Real Life & Life Lessons• Classics• Biographies / Memoirs• Non-Fiction / History
  14. 14. Manga – Japanese Comics• Originally published in Japan• Major part of Japanese publishing industrysince 1950’s• Also refers to cartooning AKA Anime• Shonen AKA Adventure / Fighting• Shojo AKA Romance / Feminine• Fantasy, Science Fiction• Slice of Life• Historical• Sports, Games
  15. 15. Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Guide your teens with: Booklists Stickers on book spines Displays
  16. 16. YA Programs/Clubs Anything with FOOD! Hair chalking Glitter tattoos Beauty Anything DIY Magazine Bowls Anything “about me” Performers/Presenters **System Programming** Pinterest http://pinterest.com/
  17. 17. YA Programs/Clubs Crafts:• Gear towards a wide age• Repetitive• Reinvent the old standard
  18. 18. Crafts Continued…• Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle• Find crafts that allow them to tap into their interests andexpress themselves
  19. 19. Gaming @ the Library• Library isn’t a quiet place anymore, but with limitations• Let them do the work• Have an assortment of game types, i.e. video, board, open, retro• Organize tournaments• Keep it T-rated• Don’t stress on statsthere is a lot of competition• Homework• Sports• Jobs• Etc.
  20. 20. Volunteer Opportunities TAB (Teen Advisory Board)
  21. 21. TAB What we do: TAB meets once a month to come up withprogram ideas, crafts, games and sometimes just to hangout! Teens need to know that the library is an activesocial hub where they are always welcome TAB members accrue community service hours for: National Honor Society Religious requirements College applications Resumes To stand out in a competitive academic world
  22. 22. How to Grow Your TAB It’s like tending a garden First, plant the seed Recruit members. Spread the word/build interest among regular teen libraryusers and new users Feed and water Meeting times (same time each month is best) Elections Set ground rules Snacks are a must! Have an agenda for each meeting Plan social activities Make time to enjoy each other Work with a budget – Friends/Library Budget
  23. 23. How to Grow Your TAB Watch your TAB grow Maintain your TAB group You will also lose members, but gain new ones too Keep a membership list (names, email addresses, cell phone numbers) Communicate with members via email or phone calls. Membership Perks Charisma and enthusiasm can go a long way Remember: Teens are discovering their individuality. They arelooking for a place to belong with others like themselves. Theelements of a TAB can be an important life-experience for teens
  24. 24. Justifications for Having a TAB Gives teens a sense of “ownership” The benefits of mixing tweens and teens in a TAB Develops lifelong readers and library users Teaches teens responsibility Grooming future library assistants/librarians? Yes!
  25. 25. TAB Differences and Similarities Between… What works for a medium/large sized branch:• Monthly meetings with President, Vice,etc. running meeting• 1 hour of meeting content, then socialize• Have them choose the programs and agegroups targeted• Let them “own” their ideas• Sub-committees as needed• Have guest speakers• Reward as needed• Snacks a must, food as leverage• Find what works for youand your teens
  26. 26. TAB Differences and Similarities Between… What works for a small sized branch Long Beach Island library has more tweens than teens in TAB
  27. 27. General Teen Volunteering Teens can come into the library toaccrue community service hourswithout having to join TAB Have a wide variety for bothshy and outgoing personalities• Book Reviews that go on display• Adopt-a-Shelf• Monthly programs & activities inthe Summer• Have opportunities geared to theirinterests, ask them what they like S.A.I.L
  28. 28. Working Off Fines Teens who have fines can “work them off”
  29. 29. Professional Relationships with Teens Incorporate your personality Be fun, but professional Keep it PG-13 They are NOT your friends on Facebook, etc.
  30. 30. The Do’s & Donts with Teens Do – snacks, snacks, snacks! Do – music Do – restricted access only Do – you know the old saying: treat them the way youwould want to be treated___________________________________ Don’t – be intrusive Don’t – be a pushover Don’t – let them interfere with your work Don’t – tolerate bad behavior
  31. 31. Drama Queens & Know-It-Alls When teens go bad Innocent until proven guilty Bad behavior traits:o Rubber band slingingo Cursingo Horse playo Ignoring authority
  32. 32. Questions?

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