Wonderful article entitled “The Transparent Library: Embracing Service to Teens” by Michael Casey and Michael Stephens in the May issue of Library Journal on providing library services to teens and how we can accommodate teens with appropriate library services that they want rather than just pushing them away because they are too loud or noisy.
In MPOW, we have developed a space called
Virtual Verging All Teens (V.A.T.) at the Jurong Regional Library to cater to teens. We have teen volunteers help run V.A.T. by organizing programmes such as band performances. The volunteers also conduct book club sessions although we have not gone the route of having game consoles like some libraries in the U.S. In a couple of years’ time, we will have another space for teens to hang out at a new library at the soon-to-be=built youth park/centre, *scape.
So, what are your thoughts on services to teens in libraries? Should we be chasing them out of our libraries or actively work with them to make it a win-win situation?
Anyway, I’ll be sharing this article with my colleagues and hopefully, we can think of ways to encourage more teens to make better use of our libraries.