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Teen Services Workshops

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Teen Services, Division of Library Development Workshops

The Division of Library Development offers a wide range of teen services programs. In addition to expertise offered by CT State Library staff members, partner organizations offer information on various programs, services, and resources to share with the greater CT community.

Teen Service, Niche Academy Workshop Playlist

Teen Services, Niche Academy Workshops

Niche Academy provides an easy-to-use learning platform & professional training to help mission-driven organizations solve big problems together. Through the CT State Library, every library staff member has free access to Niche Academy workshop. Just create a user name and password!

Transforming Teen Services


Transforming Teen Services is a series of trainings designed to help improve library services for teens. There are five basic content areas: The Pursuit of Equity, Ages and Stages of Teen DevelopmentConnected LearningComputational Thinking, and Youth Voice and Program Facilitation. This series was developed as part of an IMLS grant partnership between YALSA and COSLA. In the fall of 2019, State and local library staff from around the country were trained to implement the Transforming Teen Services trainings in their states. 

The Transforming Teen Services workshop is now available on the Connecticut State Library Niche Academy. There is a section for each of the five subject areas, and a workbook to help you keep track of notes and assignments. After completing the entire tutorial, you will have the knowledge and skills (and maybe even a plan!) to provide high quality programs and services for and with teens.

Unlike previous online Transforming Teen Services trainings, there will be no mandatory Zoom sessions for this tutorial. You can work through it at your own pace. Fair warning: it’s long. But, it’s worth it. Here are some ideas on how to take the course:

  • Do one module each week for five weeks. If you have questions or would like one-on-one coaching, contact Kym Powe
  • Connect with others from your library system or school district to learn the material together.


Teen Summit

Teen Summit is a free, day long, virtual event full of presentations, training, and the occasional author focusing on teen services.

Teen Services Trainings

Teen Services Resources


This project is funded by the State of Connecticut and the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library. 

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