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Teen Services Fundamentals

Tuesday, March 1

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Tuesday, March 1 – Monday, March 28, 2022

Libraries can be a tremendous resource for teens, helping them to learn about themselves and the world they live in. Does your work in the library include service to teens? Do you want to increase your confidence and competence in providing fundamental teen services? Librarian and author Sarah Flowers will share resources, experiences, and ideas for working with this energetic and enthusiastic age group (commonly defined as ages 12 to 18). As a result of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Create a welcoming environment for teens in your library
  • Find out what teens read, listen to, and watch, and guide them to “something good to read”
  • Help teens meet their homework or other information needs
  • Navigate issues connected with access, privacy, challenges to materials, and Internet use

You’ll come away from the course with an understanding of the developmental needs of teens in our diverse society and tools to identify and enhance the library’s role in meeting those needs. This course will enable you to advocate for teens and for library services geared specifically to them.

Course Description: This four-week online course will provide weekly readings, practical assignments, and discussion forums for the sharing ideas and experiences. The instructor will provide essential resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately in your library. There will be two optional online meetings during the course. The first online meeting, on Wednesday, March 9, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, will focus on graphic novels. The second online meeting, on Wednesday, March 23, at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, will explore and encourage sharing of ideas for teen programming.

Click here for more course information.

CALL SPONSORED: CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Infopeople course. Please use the link above to register for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.


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Teen Services Fundamentals