A Day in the Life of a Teen Services Librarian at a Public Library

YALSA blogger Erin Daly began a series last week titled A Day in the Life, where she described, hour-by-hour, a day in the life of a public library Youth Services Librarian. In continuation of that series, I would like to share with you a day in the life of a Teen Services Librarian in a brand-spankin’-new public library in Loudoun County, Virginia. But first, a little background:

I have served teens in libraries for over six years, in public, academic, and high school libraries. I began my career as a circulation associate then became an academic library assistant and interim school library assistant (during grad school), finally ending up a Teen services Librarian two years ago. I supervise six part-time Pages, and work with a team of two librarians and two assistants in the Teen Center. Below I describe a day in the life of me:
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Sharing Program Ideas with your Peers

Have you planned, hosted, or simply thought about outreach programs for teens? How do you make your school visits unique?

What do you do for summer to fill out your Summer Reading Program calendar? Is it crafty? Outdoors-y?

Your ideas are the ones that get teens in your door, and that keep them coming back. Share those ideas with us so all library professionals serving teens can try them out. YALSA’s 365 Days of YA Task Force has been asking for programming ideas from you all since last fall, and we are in the home stretch. We have received ideas ranging from fun, passive, and educational, to zombie- and literature-themed. Thank you for your help!
With only 7 days left until we end our call for ideas, we are in need of programs to fill out the summer months as well as ideas for outreach. To give you an idea of some of the program ideas we have been sent:

– Create blackout poetry with old newspapers
– Play-doh sculpting: remember your childhood, but put a grown-up twist into your creation
– Try to break Guinness World Records
– Emergency Preparedness Month program: on a large blank sheet of paper as “what is in your bug-out bag?” Host a corresponding program with soldier or hiker who can give appropriate advice

Please email your ideas to 365daysofya@gmail.com 
Thank you for contributing to this collaborative project!