What is a Teen Advisory Board?
A library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB for short) is a group of teens that meets once a month during the school year at the library. TAB works with the YA/Teen Librarian, Ciara, to improve teen programs, the Teen Zone, and the YA book collection. Basically, the mission of TAB is to take ownership of teen services at the library and help turn it into what you want the library to be.
When is TAB?
TAB meets once a month, ideally on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 pm (an hour before Teen Hangout). This time slot is not set in stone, and if another time works better for meeting, we can do that. We’ll meet in the Teen Zone in the 2nd floor of Rawlings. Meetings will be 45 minutes long.
Who is eligible for TAB?
TAB is open to anyone in grades 6-12 or the equivalent (whether they attend public or private school, or are homeschooled).
What do I get out of it?
- Free food and drinks when possible (keep in mind the pandemic. I’m not saying it’s pizza, but it’s probably pizza).
- A voice in deciding what cool stuff the library can offer for teens.
- If you need volunteer hours for school or some other reason, participation in TAB counts toward that goal.
- A chance to make new friends outside your school.
- A party at the end of the school year just for TAB members.
- The infinite gratitude of the YA/Teen librarian.
- TAB membership looks good on resumes and college applications.
What actually happens at TAB meetings?
Mostly we talk about stuff over snacks and drinks. Sometimes Ciara will have a list of event ideas, and TAB will comment and vote on whether or not they want the library to make those ideas a reality. TAB can also offer their own ideas for events, and plan them themselves.
TAB members also get to do things like:
- Pick out grand prizes for the teen summer reading program
- Help put together weekly drawing bundles for summer reading
- Devise teen programming!
- Bring ideas for programs or events that teens could run for other groups (either kids, adults, or older adults)
- Write book reviews to be displayed in books in the stacks.
- Decorate Teen Zone
- Create book displays for special occasions
- Plan themed parties for “holidays”
- Help staff with family programs
- Use your voice to affect your space, your library, and potentially your broader community!
What if I can’t make it to every meeting?
That’s totally okay. Sometimes you might have an event at school, a family conflict, or maybe just too much homework. Some TAB members only come in the spring because they play a sport/are in plays/do something else that has practice at our meeting time in the fall. All we ask is that you come when you can, and try to let us know when you can’t.
How do I sign up?
Apply online here or ask at the Teen Desk or Youth Services Desk for a Teen Advisory Board application. If they’re around, introduce yourself to the YA/Teen librarian Ciara and ask any questions you might have. They like it when people talk to them… you can also call: 719-553-0207 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This sounds great! When can I start?
Any meeting can be your first. Hoping to form a brand spankin’ new TAB by the end of September, and hoping to have our first meeting on October 7 at 4:30pm. If you can make it then, great! If you are interested either way, please get in touch. Email Ciara: email@example.com Hand in an application at the Youth Services desk or fill out the online form!