Be Part of Your Teen Advisory Board

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“Your Teen Advisory Board Presents”

Have you seen this on a poster around the library?

Have you ever wondered what that means?

It means that your Teen Advisory Board (or TAB, for short) sponsored, organized, and lead that event or program! Today, we’re going to explain what the Handley Regional Library TAB is, what it can do for you, and how you can be a part of it.

A lot of libraries have a teen advisory board. They’re made up of teens who help us (that’s your youth librarians) develop new programs and plan major events targeted at middle and high school students. It’s a great hands-on way for young people to create the kind of programming (educational or recreational) that they want and to make an impact in their community. For more information about teen advisory boards read here. For a look at some successful boards across the country or to get ideas for future events and programs we could start at HRL, read here.

So, what about HRL’s TAB? What are we doing? Some of you may have already attended a summer TAB event without knowing it. TAB hosted a monthly game night andAnime & Pocky marathons all summer. As the school year starts up once again, we hope to offer even more great events from homework help and book clubs to movie nights and a Library Lock-In. The TAB also helps maintain the Young Adult collection at Bowman, making suggestions for new books and updating the “Suggested Reading” display.

Are you wondering how you can get involved? It’s unbelievably easy! Any teen (ages 12-18) with a library card can join. Events are posted on the HRL website and rarely require registration, just drop in on whatever sounds like fun to you! If you have ideas and want a say in what kind of programming is run and where, then you can attend one of our general meetings, held the third Monday of every month from 6-7 at Bowman (September 14th will be our first meeting of the academic year).

Teens who really want to get involved can apply for one of our leadership positions. Leadership is currently made up of a president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. Those interested in running for a position may apply at the September general meeting. These positions require more responsibility and a larger time commitment, but also earn volunteer hours, as well as college and job recommendations from library staff.

Parents (and anyone over 18) who want to get involved are also welcome! We’re always looking for event chaperons, carpool help, and donations of time and money for event set up and take down. Unfortunately, children under 12 are not permitted at teen-only events, but most of our teen events are scheduled near our regular children’s programming (like LEGO Club and general TAB meetings), so there’s always something for everyone to do at the library!

TAB is a great way to have fun, meet new people, and get involved at your library! It’s a big year for HRL youth services and we want YOU to be a part of it! Be at Bowman Library September 14 at 6 pm to have your voice HEARD.

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