Beyond the Books — the library’s new leadership program — offers community members a monthly immersive and behind-the-scenes look at the Clearview Library District. Each month we’ll offer a recap of the session. In September, participants learned all about resources and programs for teens at the Clearview Library District.
On the opposite side of the Windsor-Severance Library as the Children’s Area, the Teen Space is distinct with comfy chairs, collaborative art projects, and dedicated computers framed by the Young Adult books.
“Teens have a safe, welcoming place to hang out, study, find new books, socialize, and access technology,” said Teen Librarian Amy McFadden.
Teen Tristan Keener shared, “I love the library because there is something for everyone. There are programs, computers, and of course a wide variety of books!”
The Teen Advisory Group gives young adults a voice and ownership of teen library resources.
“Teens have a voice in planning programs, setting up displays, and making suggestions for items to add to our collections,” McFadden said.
Programs are exclusive to the age group and range from Intro to Soldering and Girls Who Code to Cooking Club and a Poetry Slam. With this tech savvy generation, library teen programs pair learning new things with social skills that prepare them for life beyond high school.
“Teens are exceedingly tech savvy,” McFadden shared. “At the library, teens can interact with peers in a safe space where they learn social skills and make friends — important job skills for the future.”
With the Clearview Library District, teenagers have the ability to try new things in a judgement-free zone.
“You don't have to do everything a specific way. They [ the programs ] are fun, and also more free, than some events at other places,” said Keener. “Now, free doesn't mean you can do whatever you want, it means that you have more freedom.”
“Teens need freedom to make choices. I like to present them with lots of choices so they can personalize whatever they’re doing,” McFadden explained. “They also need to be heard and accepted, and that it’s okay to be different or to be unsure.”
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Teens ages 12-18 can volunteer with the Clearview Library District. Opportunities include helping prepare programs and special projects, shelve materials, and more — all on their own schedule. Visit our volunteer page for more information and the application.