Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant for the Oregon State Library says when the Virtual Road Trip was proposed, she “immediately thought about all the Oregon libraries tweaking their teen programs in small and big ways to provide more college and career readiness activities. Attached is just one example of what Oregon libraries are doing.”oregon

TLC Interviews—Preparing Teens for Real-Life!

By Dawn Borgardt, Beaverton City Library

It’s not a new idea, and many of you probably already do this. I just started last year, so I want to add my two-cents to the conversation in favor of formalizing your Teen Library Council (or whatever you call it at your library). Last year, we instituted an application process in the month of July and interviewed every applicant. Interviews were short and we accepted everyone who interviewed –it’s not really a process of weeding out the unqualified as it is finding out who is really interested and committed. We only asked three questions during the interview, so each interview took about 15 minutes. When you multiply that by 17 and add the time it took our Volunteer Manager to schedule the interviews, it does take extra staff time. But the payoff is so worth it! Read More →

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. Read More →

The Idaho Commission for Libraries developed a pilot project in early 2013 to implement makerspaces in public libraries across Idaho and had a successful and exciting first year.idaho2 We worked with five libraries including Ada Community Library, Community Library Network, Gooding Public Library, Meridian District Library, and Snake River School Community Library to embrace “making” and push the boundaries of programming with tweens and teens.Idaho Each library exceeded every expectation, and demonstrated innovation, creativity, and drive in the implementation of the project. These successes made us even more excited to open up the opportunity to libraries for a second year.

We were overwhelmed to receive eleven applications representing libraries from many regions across the state. After careful review, we are pleased to announce that the following libraries have been invited to participate in the second year of the project:

* Aberdeen District Library
* Buhl Public Library
* East Bonner County District Library
* Jerome Public Library
* Portneuf District Library
* Twin Falls Public Library

Each of the libraries has committed two staff to participate in the year-long project. The first workshop will take place on February 24-25 at the Commission, and will focus on developing a foundational understanding of the maker culture and the design process. Participants will also develop skills in building with FischerTechnikâ„¢ manipulatives to explore construction, simple machines, engineering, and architecture. A second two-day training in May will focus on Robotics, and a final two-and-a-half day training in November will cover 3d design, 3D printing, and e-textiles.

Libraries from the first year of the project have also committed one new staff member to participate in the second year of the project in order to broaden their base of support and expand programming in their libraries. We are excited to welcome all of the libraries and new staff to the project and look forward to watching the learning, the making, and the creativity start to happen.

If you would like to read more about what we are doing in Idaho, please visit us at: http://libraries.idaho.gov/make-it-at-the-library.
To follow our progress please *LIKE* our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeItIdaho.

This project has been made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.imls

Submitted by Erica Compton, Idaho Commission for Libraries

One of our successes in Nebraska has been to find ways librarians can share their accomplishments with other librarians.’  NCompass Live, a weekly one-hour webinar sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, is one way to do so.’ Nebraska Recently, Teen Librarian Rachelle McPhillips of Columbus Public Library presented an NCompass Live session on January 22, 2014.’  Titled “Passive Programming for Tweens and Teens” she shared a number of ideas for reaching out to youth in the library.

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Read One Book, Change Two Lives

Krista King-Oaks, Boone County (KY) Public Library

Learning is a year-round process that begins and never ends, even when a child has learned to read.’  Regardless of a child’s age, whether they are just starting kindergarten or embarking on the beginning of their senior year of high school, research shows that even reading just a handful of books over the summer months lessens the dreaded “Summer Slump” effect. kentuckyHowever, we all know that reading is more fun when you not only get to choose your own books, but when you can share them with a friend – and that is exactly what makes the library’s Read with a Teen program a smash hit!

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As the state-wide Youth Services Consultant, I get to know great teen services librarians doing wonderful things in Iowa’s communities.’  Two of Iowa’s outstanding teen’  services iowalibrarians report here on initiatives at their libraries:

Burlington Public Library (Burlington, Iowa) by Samantha Helmick

Outreach is a major strategy in Teen Services at the Burlington Public Library. Since piloting a monthly Book Talk program with community middle schools nearly three years ago, we have enjoyed growing participation in teen events, afterschool programs, meaningful feedback and relationships from teen users and increased YA check out.

I have been honored to pass the torch to the very capable and passionate hands of our Youth Services Librarian, Becky Ruberg. This year, she helped library teens organize demonstrations at City Council meetings to support the YA collection budget, coordinated a county wide Teen Job Skills Workshop and Teen Job Fair and created an alliance with Burlington’s Junior Optimists.

The Optimists pay the dues for Teen Advisory Board members and sponsor teen programs at the library. The TAB members each give a minimum of four hours of service to assist the Junior Optimists in the mutual goal to give back and support their community.

Through this merger, both groups have rebranded as TICOS which stands for Teens Inspiring Change, Optimism and Service. This partnership and programming has allowed teens to expand their influence in their community and support young adult initiatives at their library. Read More →