Teen Advisory Board: Bringing the teen perspective to SPL

Part 2 of a 3 part series

Push to Talk A Blog For TeensWhat’s a teen to read?  Teens have many competing demands on their time, including doing homework, so recreational reading can often drop off due to lack of time or interest. Teens, boys in particular, are known to do less reading even if they read a lot earlier in life.  Reviews written by The Seattle Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board add strong support to the jobs the Teen Service Librarians do in recommending books to teen patrons.  Having access to book reviews written by peers gives teens in the community a connection to the Teen Center at the library they use and online.  The book reviews can be heard on the podcasts and are a major component of the “Push To Talk” Teen Center blog.

“I began participating in the Summer Reading Program in elementary school and am an avid reader of the Teen Center librarian’s book recommendations.  Some teens stop reading because they just do not know what to read, and the Teen Center at the library helps solve that problem by providing good books and by having teens recommend books to other teens.” ~ Amelia Fisher Linnet, Teen Center Advisor alumni

Thanks to the Teen Advisory Board and Teen Service Librarians the teen perspective is kept fresh and vital at The Seattle Public Library’s teen centers.  Together they reinforce the important role libraries have for Seattle’s teens at Central and in the 26 neighborhood branchesTeen Service Librarians, and The Library as an institution, are reaching out to involve teens in their communities.

If you or somebody you know is interested in the Teen Center Advisor Program see the Teen Center Advisor Application.  The first fall meeting will be on October 7.  Applications complete with parent’s signature, are due on or before the October 21 meeting.   Accepted applicants will be notified by October 25.  If you have further questions please contact the Teen Center: e-mail teencenter@spl.org or call (206) 615-1410.

Last fall The Friends of The Seattle Public Library proudly recognized the role Teen Services played at The Seattle Public Library and in the community by providing a grant of $30,000 for this year’s 2009 teen programs.


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