Teen Advisory Board
In July, I wrote about the Friends group, the library’s secret weapon. Today, I’d like to cover a group that helps you connect with young adults at your library and in your community. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB), also known as Teens of the Library, can help advise you of what books teens are reading, what’s new in the teen world, and how to connect with more and more teens in the community. While the young adult crowd typically gets pushed aside or shushed often in libraries, your TAB is a group that should not be shushed.
In my experience, TAB groups are extremely helpful. But the teens that consist of the group are usually extremely busy with school work and after-school activities. Therefore, TAB meetings may be the last thing on their minds. Or they may spend much of the TAB meeting socializing with other members rather than staying on topic during discussion.
Therefore, here are some ideas to use with your teen groups:
- Have a snack ready for them. It encourages them to actually come to the meeting.
– Email information to them after the meeting, especially if they haven’t taken notes during the meeting.
– Ask them what they would like to do with their group. How would they like to raise money for the library? What events or programs would make them more likely to use the library?
– Share fliers and event information with your teens to share with their friends.
Here is a look at our teen page at the Paoli Public Library: http://paoli.lib.in.us/teens/
What are your ideas for a Teen Advisory Group? Add to the conversation here in the comments or on Twitter by using #TeenAdvisoryBoard.