YA Ramble

I’ve been in my new position as Teen Center Advisor for ACL for a few months now and I’m settling into the role.  I’ve still got that "new job uncertainty" but I’m not thrown off track by every question that’s asked of me and, thankfully, the teens are starting to accept me and the way I do things.  I thought I’d share some of the things that I’m particularly excited about:

  • Teen Center – we’ve totally rearranged everything to make the space feel more enclosed and distinct from the rest of the library.  We’ve also got new furniture.
  • Anime – my predecessor started an anime collection which I’ll keep adding to as it’s so popular, but we’re also going to start showing anime once a month.  I emailed a couple of the major companies that produce anime to see if they’d give us screening permission and they DID!  It only took them a couple of days to get back to me too.
  • Movies, Movies, Movies – my library recently purchased a movie license (pretty darn cheap all things considered) that allows us to show movies from almost every major studio.  This spurred me on to start a Books to Movies club.  We’ll be watching movies made from books with YA appeal and discussing differences between the two.
  • Gaming Tweens – Dylan and I will be starting a weekly gaming program for kids in grades 6-9.  We’re starting with video games but in the future might venture into board games and table top role playing games.

What does this have to do with L2.0?  Everything.  L2.0 isn’t just about integrating current technologies into our models of service, it’s also about offering great programs and creating a comfortable place for our patrons.