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Children's and YA Services: Transforming Teen Services T3

The solution to "How do I get teens in the library" has arrived.

The answer may surprise you.

Transforming Teen Services

A commons statement heard from library workers is, "We hardly have any teens in our library." What's the answer to the longstanding questions, how do we get teens to come to the library? While there may be no one-size-fits-all solution, hopefully we can share some tools and approaches to engage and provide for your teens, whether in a school or public library.

Transforming Teen Services (T3) is a series of trainings designed to help improve library services for teens across four basic content areas:

  • Connected Learning
  • Computational Thinking
  • Child and Youth Development
  • Educational Equity

In the winter of 2020, state and local library staff from around the country were trained to implement the Transforming Teen Services trainings in their states. Kymberlee Powe, Children’s and Youth Adult Consultant at CSL DLD, and Mia Orobona, Teen Services Librarian from Darien Library, were trained to facilitate T3 in Connecticut.

Join Kym and Mia along with your teen librarian colleagues from around Connecticut, to learn, build, and develop services for and with teens that will guarantee the adolescents you support have what they need now, and for future success.

This series was developed as part of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant partnership between Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).

What you need:

  • A working webcam for live sessions to provide an opportunity for peer engagement. as we want you to share your work.
  • A working computer microphone.
  • Platforms – Canvas and Zoom (web based)
  • A dedicated space so that you may be fully present during the live sessions.

What you need to do:

  • Attend all live sessions. The live sessions rely on your participation to help guide everyone’s growth and understanding.
  • Commit to completing all self-paced material. To booster our collective learning in an online environment, we will use discussion boards and virtual assignments in addition to the live sessions.

Questions? Contact

Kymberlee Powe

Children’s and YA Consultant | Connecticut State Library

kymberlee.powe@ct.gov | (860) 704-2221

Mia Orobona

Teen Services Librarian | Darien Library

morobona@darienlibrary.org | (203) 669-5225

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