Well, tour my YA space, anyway. I’ve been thinking a lot about the teen space lately. I’ve been working with my Teen Advisory Group (TAG) and they really want to make it cooler. Having a cool, comfy, not weird place for teens to hang out and do homework (or not do homework) is an important priority for libraries. Right now, I think that my teen area is O.K. Not too lame, not too awesome. Just somewhere in the middle. The teens do go there, but often will get a book and then bolt. It’s hard when I see them sitting in the Children’s room or hanging out in the Reference area. I want them to hang out in their space!
So I’m working with the TAG to try and make some cosmetic changes to the space to make it better and working with my awesome YALSA mentor, Valerie (Hi, Valerie!), too. I think it needs more color and more stuff going on. Take a look and I’ll take any suggestions you have!
I should take a moment to say that, in general, I LOVE the teen area and I’m grateful to have one. Not every teen librarian is so lucky. These are not complaints but merely a yearning to be better . . . and cooler. (I live to be cool.)
P.S. If you can zoom in on the picture you can see a woman behind Princess Diana of Themyscira riding a kangaroo. Why? I have no idea.
That’s my space, or really my teens’ space. It’s great but it needs more pizzazz. Any other teen librarians out there with some ideas? I have some that I’d love to do – more signs, teen-created art, passive programming, color, just more of everything!
Now, a few notes for the road: I’ve embarked with my friends Sam and Chelsea from library summer camp on a Tumblr adventure. Watch us go over at federationofawkwardlibrarians. I also joined Twitter and am happily tweeting @lcarslibrarian and following the Mars Curiosity Rover and Patrick Stewart like the cool kids. (Or, I will be following the Mars Rover once they turn the government back on.)
Finally, are you NaNoWriMo-ing this year? Consider it! You too can have a slightly terrible teen zombie novel languishing on your laptop, too fearsomely bad to ever be opened again. It’s the dream people. I’m doing it again this year. Sign up here and let freshman literary badass Tupelo Hassman inspire you to make the impossible happen.