Director’s Brief

My Director’s Brief is entitled A Global Perspective on Participatory Library Programs for Teens.

Executive Summary:

The Alameda Free Library can look at examples of teen programming from libraries in other countries to gain insight to inform their own teen programming for the future. The Finding MY Way program in Australia is aimed at teenagers at risk of dropping out of school to help them understand all of the options available to them. The librarians involved in the program can help the students find a better path while simultaneously showing them the resources the library can offer them. The YouthTalk initiative in Scotland was a community-wide project that was led by local teenagers aimed at improving city offerings for the teens. A local librarian played a crucial role in the project by leading the teens and guiding them through every step of the process. These programs illustrate that teens can greatly benefit from participatory programming because they want to feel that their voices are being heard.

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