Here’s a great news story about a teen choosing to get active in her library and her community: Bellaire senior hopes to encourage more reading by teenagers in area.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Diana Batten is raising money and gathering book donations to update and make the teen area of her public library more appealing to teens. She’s doing many of the things that YA librarians try to do: attract community interest and involvement; gather assistance from teen volunteers in collection development and planning; and emphasizing the ideas that teen should read for fun and get involved in their local library (hey, that sounds familiar…)

I hope that this spotlight on teen reading and services at Bellaire Public Library inspires them and other libraries to keep the ball rolling – hire a teen services specialist, explore new collections such as graphic novels and games, maybe celebrate Teen Read Week!

And Ms. Batten’s ideas for fundraising and donations might be useful to some librarians thinking about using this year Teen Read Week theme: Get Active @ your Library to promote volunteering at the library. Here are some other ideas for library volunteer projects: Get Philanthropic @ your Library

About Lorraine Squires

I am the head of Teen Services at Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library, out on Long Island. As a new supervisor, I am interested in not only teen services, but the art and science of management. I serve on the YALSA website advisory committee and have been a member of YALSA for 9 years.

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