Want to get involved at your library?
Join the Teen Advisory Board!
Saturday, July 27 @ 1pm
Saturday, August 24 @ 1pm
NOPL @ N. Syracuse
Meet, discuss, and volunteer with the N. Syracuse Teen Activity Board.
TAB meets once a month to discuss books, magazines, teen issues, and programming.
Join the conversation! Anyone in grades 7 – 12 (or the equivalent homeschooled) are welcome.
Wait a sec – I have some questions first.
Q: Do I have to be a teen to join the Teen Advisory Board?
A: Yes. The T.A.B. is just for teens.
Q: What does the Teen Advisory Board do anyhow?
A: Lots of stuff, including:
- suggest books, music, and DVDs for the library to purchase
- help plan events for teens at the library
- help with library events and earn volunteer hours for school or college applications
- write reviews and articles for the NOPL Teen Blog
Q: Do I have to be a member of the T.A.B. to come to teen events at the library?
A: Nope. But if you have opinions about what you want to do, see, or borrow at the library, the T.A.B. is a great way to get those opinions heard.
Check out the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
Spotlight on Teen Group Making a Difference at NOPL @ North Syracuse Library
By Alyssa Newton, March 2013
Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting at the NOPL @ North Syracuse branch. This group of teens, in grades 6 through 12, meet once a month, working on projects to improve the teen services at the library and discussing everything from books and movies to new programming ideas. According to the group, TAB is the voice for teen issues in the library. It is a place where teens can share their ideas for the library, meet new people and volunteer at library programs.
Teen groups like this have become popular in public libraries across the nation. According to the Young Adult Library Services Association, teen advisory boards “incorporates teens as direct stakeholders in their library, instilling a greater sense of pride and responsibility for the collection and programming.” The teens involved in the group at NOPL @ North Syracuse know it is a great opportunity to meet new friends and add volunteer and service hours to their college resumes. Emily Bell is a member because she thinks, “it’s fun and you get to hang out with people you haven’t met before, and it’s exciting.” Natalie Ackerman shares the same enthusiasm about the group, adding, “It’s awesome!”
These teens volunteer to help out at many different programs each month at the library. In addition to planning activities for their peers, they assist with children’s programs at the library. Chris Suppa is one teen that volunteers each week at Family Fun Night because he has enjoys helping the little kids.