Do you find yourself looking at the clock and thinking, "Oh no, school's out- those teenagers will be here soon"? Don't let the after-school rush bring on headaches and dread! Teenagers don't act the way they do to be spiteful, they act that way because their brains are still developing.
Learn how adolescent development affects teen behavior and how you can help make their library experiences positive, both for teens and staff. After all, teens are customers too.
Discover new ways to market and present successful teen programs that will help your teenagers stay out of trouble and discuss how library partnerships with schools and community groups can be used to get in touch with teens. Learn about which specific community contacts work best in these partnerships so they can join in on the fun.
Amy is a youth services librarian in the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. She is the branch supervisor for the Egypt Lake Partnership Library. Previously, she worked with Bill in the Youth Services Department where her duties included developing system wide teen programs, creating and maintaining community partnerships, ordering YA fiction, and presenting early literacy programs. Amy earned her MSLIS from Florida State University in April 2008. Her hobbies include going to the theatre, knitting, and rooting the Noles on to victory.
Bill is a Youth Services Librarian in the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. He works in the Youth Services Department at the John F. Germany Library. Bill's duties include designing and implementing system wide teen programming, working on youth websites and social media networks, and running the Teen Advisory Board at the John F. Germany Public Library. Bill graduated from the School of Information with his MLIS at the University of South Florida in May 2011. He is currently the Vice-President for Suncoast Information Specialists and is heavily involved in creating a USF LIS Alumni Society. His hobbies include Basketball and watching the Rays win the World Series.