What we’re talking about this month (plus anything else you have in mind):
Teen Advisory Board: What is it? Do we really need one of these, anyway? Are there going to be snacks?
First things first: Teen Advisory Boards are informal (very informal) “meetings” that have two primary goals: 1. Have fun and socialize; and 2. Plan teen related library stuff (books and music suggestions, programs, displays and events). There will be food. This is pretty much the standard agenda for teen advisory boards. Any teen is welcome to attend any meeting, and there’s no Robert’s Rules of Order to worry about. All pretty flexible, as you can see. So, that’s what it is.
Do we really need one? Here’s what I think: Teens rarely have the opportunity to run libraries. If there is a Doogie Howser librarian out there somewhere I’d love to know about it. See, right now I’m even referring to a show that was probably on WAY BEFORE YOUR TIME. This is an excellent example of why you are needed! Only you can tell us, here in library land, what you’d like your library to be; you are the authority in this matter, and we’re just guessing. Your help is sorely needed, my friend. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly: This truly is your library. Public libraries (and here my heart just goes “pitter-pat”) belong to everyone. Teen readers are amazing, and fantastic teen literature is being published by the truckload. We want to make sure we’re offering the titles you want most, and using this public space for your interests and benefit, as well as everyone else’s. Because it’s yours. Sigh. I just love that about libraries!
So, that’s what I’m talkin’ about this month. What are you talking about? Feel free to comment…