Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Teen Advisory Boards

"What is a Teen Advisory Board?" "Does my local library have a TAB?" "How can I take part in my library's Teen Advisory Board?" You probably ask yourselves these questions several times a week, but aren't sure where to find the answers to these important queries. Well, friend, I'm here to help.

Teen Advisory Boards are nothing more than a group of teens who are interested in what's going on at their local libraries. Being a member of a TAB can mean a lot of different things; TABs provide an opportunity to:

1. Provide ideas for you library, including feedback or suggestions for programs or events.
2. Share and recommend new and favorite books.
3. Provide input on teen spaces in your library.
4. Get to know your local library staff and invest in your community library.
5. Learn about upcoming library events, volunteering opportunities, etc.
6. Have your voice heard!

At the Monroe Public Library, I'm starting a new Teen Advisory Board this summer. If Monroe is your local library, you're invited to the Trivia Night and TAB Blowout seen at the beginning of this post. There will be snacks, gift cards given to the top finishers in the Trivia Contest, and after the contest is over we'll be discussing starting a new TAB for the Monroe library. If Monroe is not your local library, there are many other Teen Advisory Boards throughout the Sno-Isle Library system. Your local teen librarian would love to tell you more about what's happening at your library!

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