Making lasting connections with teens in the library
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
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)
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
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!
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
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
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
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:
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Popular Materials for Tweens/Teens Guide your teens with: Booklists Stickers on book spines Displays
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 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.
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
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
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
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!
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
TAB Differences and Similarities Between… What works for a small sized branch Long Beach Island library has more tweens than teens in TAB
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
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 your friends on Facebook, etc.
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
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