Teen programs should primarily be determined by teen needs and interests; however, tying these into key events, celebrations, etc. Please feel free to add your own ideas to this page! One idea is a showing of episode 9 of The BoondocksReturn of the King.
Teenage community service is more than something that your mom insists will look good on your high school resume. But where to start? There are always easy entry points, like the service clubs at your high school or religious organization, but beyond that, the options can get overwhelming.
In this webcast, teen programming expert Sarah Flowers discusses approaches and ideas for drawing teens into your library. Developing compelling teen programs can be tricky, whether you have limited staff and little-to-no funding or are simply looking for fresh ideas. Additional Resources.
I have always loved planning programs. Before I was a librarian I was an event planner, and I spent my time planning events for socioeconomically challenged groups in the Bay Area. Now I spend my time planning programs and events for teens at my library and helping my fellow colleagues come up with innovative ideas for teen programs. I think one of the most interesting things about planning programs for teens is coming up with ideas that will spark their attention.
I was just writing this post: 10 Activity Ideas for Your Teens and remembered that my brother did something really fun when we were younger that I am sure you readers would love I only very briefly covered it in this postbut you should definitely try to tell your readers or come up with a gameplan. My brother and his friends would create like mock lasertag courses in our backyard and they all had those laser guns from target like 25 bucks and wear the vests and run around at night playing like army men or something and shoot each other. I remember that they would play for hours and set-up like little mock basecamps and lean to's to hide.
Looking for a way to implement programming at your library, but strapped for cash, staff or time? Want an easy—and maybe even subversive—way to reach teens? Passive programming is the answer.
Find sports leagues, art classes, summer programs and all kinds of fun for children, teens and families at the YMCA. Kids create memories, learn skills and build confidence as they explore new interests and passions at the Y. We're committed to helping all kids and teens be their best selves—through programs focused on sports, arts, leadership and family fun. The Y offers year-round sports and fun for kids of all ages and skill levels.
The Library offers a wide variety of programs for teens, all for free! Make it, build it, read it, express it, act it--we have something for everyone. Check our online calendar for upcoming fun!
In brief : During my first professional position I found myself building a teen services program from scratch at a public library in a small town. In this article, I reflect on some of what I learned through that experience, including the value of data, the importance of having a vision, how much relationships matter, and the value of professional community. I conclude with a call for dialogue among other builders of teen services to share our experiences and lessons. Instead, I was hired as the first Teen Services Librarian at a library in Connecticut and found myself building a teen program nearly from scratch — all while working part-time first 19 hours a week, then 21, then 28, with more hours each fiscal year.