Recently, the Daviess County Public Library has seen an increase in teen participation as well as teen programming.’  As the person in charge of teen programming, I am astonished with the progress we have made.’  The success our library has experienced with teens is a result of several factors:’  A staff that truly embraces the idea of “teamwork,” a supervisor who is willing to allow her employees to express their creativity, and a group of teens who are willing to share their ideas and spend time making those ideas come to life.

IMG_1626_10403479643_lSince starting here, I have established a Teen Advisory Board (TAB).’  TAB members meet once a month to discuss books, movies, music, games, and to work on a community service project.’  TAB started with eight members and the numbers have grown to 18 – with more teens showing interest.’  We hosted a Teen Art Gallery where local teen artists displayed their work while their peers performed live music for the event.’  Two rival schools are working on a collective mural for our Public Lounge, and students from three area high schools are joining forces to teach art classes to children starting in February.’  We are hosting programs for Teen Tech Week, and several teens are already getting impatient with waiting for the March dates to approach so that they can get their hands on Raspberry Pi’s.’  I am approached at least twice a week by teens interested in displaying their talents at another art show.’  I am shocked by how much feedback I have gotten from teens.

However, as mentioned, the success isn’t my own – it’s theirs, too.’  Teens now have an outlet to express their creativity, which they desperately need.’  Getting teens involved takes patience, consistency, and the ability to listen and make them feel as though they are being heard.’  I let them know that I am not a wizard, and that I have limitations, but that I will try to make their ideas happen.’  I also express to them that I can’t make it happen on my own – that they have to be willing to work at it, too.’  Giving these kids a little bit of trust goes a long way and gives them a sense of pride and ownership.’  These teens are our future, and I relish the fact that we are providing them opportunities to be great.

Submitted by Kristin Potter, Daviess County Public Library

Owensboro, KY

2 Thoughts on “Virtual Road Trip: Kentucky, Part 2

  1. Krista King-Oaks on February 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm said:

    Way to go, Daviess County! Putting KY on the map! Great examples of inter-generational program – as well as getting librarians out of the way so that the teens can shine!

  2. Thanks, Krista! I couldn’t choose just one program to focus on for the blog, so I decided to discuss them all! The teens here are itching to get involved and be heard. I have some neat things coming up for the summer as well!

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