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Library launches Teen Advisory Board


Aims to draw youth to library



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Last year, area teens from sixth grade and up showed up to Manga Day, including from left, Ally Lowrie of North Forsyth High and Gabrielle Vazquez of Forsyth Central High. The Forsyth County Library is launching a Teen Advisory Board to offer advice on programs that attract teens. (click for larger version)
January 07, 2014
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Are you an energetic, innovative student interested in developing leadership skills?

The Forsyth County Public Library is looking for you to join the Teen Advisory Board

Any tween or teen in sixth through 12th grade who uses the county public library and wants to impact their community may join the Teen Advisory Board (TAB).

TAB will provide the opportunity to participate in and influence teen services at the library. Members will suggest, plan and promote teen programs in addition to brainstorming ways to make the library more teen friendly.

"By using local teens to plan, promote and execute programs, the library aims to offer high-interest programs to teens that will welcome them into the library," said Laura Bradley, program manager for the Forsyth County Library.

TAB will involve teens directly in the library and instill in them a sense of pride and responsibility for the programming and collection.

The board will also provide library staff a direct link to teen patrons and will allow an opportunity to foster deeper relationships with them, Bradley said

For libraries nationwide, teen programs are consistently a challenge. With so many other obligations and activities in the community, attendance for teen programs is typically modest.

The county library hopes that creating a TAB will encourage teens to attend library programs.

Bradley and the youth services supervisors from each of the four library branches will lead the meetings.

The board, comprised of teens from all four library branches, will meet once a month at the Cumming Library branch, 585 Dahlonega Street, to discuss issues that relate to teens and the library.

The first meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16

The library will provide snacks, and all interested teens are invited to attend.

To be a member of TAB, teens must be able to attend these monthly meetings and be active participants in the group. They may also choose to spend additional time each month attending library teen programs, researching possible teen programs, writing book reviews or doing other TAB activities.

Being a part of the TAB group will allow teenagers to gain leadership experience while also having a voice in their community.

Each teenager will also earn community service hour time for being an active participant in TAB and for attending meetings and events.

To learn more, visit www.forsythpl.org.

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