Well, in the big scheme of things, WE ALL MAKE A DIFFERENCE….and following that universal advice, the launch meeting of the SPL Teen Advisory Group (for lack of a final decision of nomenclature) met Saturday, Sept. 19. This is the beginning of what I hope can be a true participatory opportunity for teens (6th-12th grades) to make a difference in their public library. Form follows function so as the group (and future attendees) develops our mission, goals & form, we’ll keep you posted. I am very excited about the input a TAG can make on the Teen Reads Area, programming, and outreach. I’ve already got the word that YES, the Sandwich Teen Reads SHOULD have a Facebook account. Just an aside, the benefits of being on a TAG (besides a fine free library life) could be but are not exclusive to…making an impact on your community, meeting others involved in making the library a better place for teens, improving services for your friends and others at the library…well, I can go on, but how about just checking out some of the links over to the right for Library TAGS, TABS, TFL. I thank the teens who came Saturday. There is a lot of depth there already. Thanks for tuning in. I promise the next entry will be about books. By the way, what have you read, listened to or heard about lately? I’d love to know.
Yup…no hellos, hi’s, how you doin’s since July 10th…that’s just impolite. Of course, that does not mean I haven’t been here and it certainly doesn’t mean YOU haven’t been here (the library) does it? My apologies. Doing a blog requires discipline and wordage. Wordage I have, getting to the blog to put in a few words is different. I just want to thank ALL THE SUMMER READERS WHO SIGNED UP ONLINE- 64 this summer – 274 books read – 154 reviews! AND, the most incredible group of TEEN VOLUNTEERS! Over 500 hours of teen power helped the Children’s Room and the Adult Desk sail smootherly this summer. Thank you to Kiwanis Levreault Trust, too, for all their $$ donated to make programming possible this summer.
Back to the books, though. TEEN READ WEEK IS COMING UP…October 18-24…THEME – READ BEYOND REALITY @ YOUR LIBRARY. That sets readers up for a lot of choices like The Hunger Games, City of Ember, Enders Game, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, and many, many more. You decide your version of ‘beyond reality’ (What is reality?) and you will find a story, book, graphic novel, poem, etc. to fill in the reality part. I am also issueing a call to vote for the Teen Top Ten via this link www.ala.org/teenstopten and then click on the vote link. These books are great and YOU can help choose the best of the lot.
WANT TO BE AN INFLUENCER? Saturday, September 19th at 3 pm I am holding a gathering for those teens (12-18 years) who would like to be in on creating teen policy, programs, atmosphere and more. This is the ground work for a Teen Advisory Council here at SPL. If you need community service hours, if you like to run the show but know how to collaborate, if you just like the library and get frustrated because you have a better idea, please stop by. Stop by for a refreshing dose of something and see if this might be for you.
In the meantime, welcome back…I promise to be more timely AND I am STILL LOOKING for COMMENTATORS, BOOK REVIEWERS and even ART FOR THIS BLOG…see me at the library or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks. :O) Kathy Johnson