Some libraries have a hard time enticing teens to attend programs within the library’s walls. There are some Librarians who face this challenge and look at it as a way out of teen programming.’  But most of us know that if you can’t draw them in, then you have to join them where they are!’  In the library or not, we should always be reaching out and scouring the community to find ways we can better serve our target population.

If you fear a dismal turnout for Teen Tech Week events at your library, you are not alone!’  But consider taking your show on the road to a place where you know teens congregate.’  Whether that place be at the usual outreach spots: local community center, parks & rec, after-school programming, the classroom, the school media center; ‘ or perhaps a new partner in the nearest pizza joint, book store, electronics store, or the mall.’  Attempting to make new contacts is not always easy, but if you go into it knowing that your confidence can not be cut down too much when all the prospective partner can say is “no”, then its really no sweat.’  Being turned down for one reason or another can only leave you in the same spot from where you began.’  A few rejections might actually do some good if you are able to build off of what you’ve learned from that encounter and make your next proposal that much better. ‘ In the end, collaboration is often welcome by community members and businesses, especially those who serve teens on a regular basis.

The Teen Tech Week committee has offered many programming ideas, found on the on the YALSA webpage, so choose one from the list or create your own Mix & Mash–able program and see who might be interested in teaming up with your library this March!

About Teen Tech Week

Dawn Abron is the Teen Services Coordinator at the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, IL.

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