Sunday, August 26, 2012

Teens Changing the World with Volunteering at the Library

This was my first summer as a YA Librarian and I had the wonder experience to work with teens. On July 26th a nonprofit organization, HandsOn, orchestrated a week long program with a selected group of teens who showed interest in volunteer work. I was thrilled when asked if we can be one of location for the teens to participate in the program.

We started off with the teens learning how to conduct a story time. The teens learned everything from puppetry,presentation,and and using expressions when conducting a story time


The Teen Impact group had an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned during a story time for preschoolers. The kids loved the special treat they received from the group of teens.

After the story time, I gave the group a tour of the library.The teens were very fond of the Children's Department. I even shared a special moment with one of the kids when I helped her find Eric Carle's popular book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar (I love this book!).

"When We Were Young," featuring portraits by 
photographer Mark Mitchell of World War II veterans 
They also enjoyed our art exhibitions here at Main.

Observing the work of the late photographer, Louis L.Draper.

The teens also went outside and viewed our garden. The got the opportunity to taste the different varieties of mint. Later on that day they made signs/labels for the garden.

The whole point of the Teen Impact project was to get the teens involved with the arts. This included a session with the group making bracelets out of magazines, which is part of my recyclable crafts programs for teens.

Over all I hope the teens enjoyed themselves at the Main Library.
A group picture after they made a mess of themselves from painting signs for our garden.
If you are a parent or a teen and looking for volunteer opportunities just go to this website for HandsOn:

I also would like to mention our other teen volunteers and Interns from the Mayors Youth Academy. They were a great group of teens who helped with shelving, programs, and even help conducting programs.
Some of teen volunteers and Mayor Youth Academy members.

What a silly group of kids!
I am excited about starting a new Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at Main. I am branding the image below.

Catching up with YA

I promise I would get better at keeping up with my blog! It has been a very busy time for  me as the new YA Librarian at the Main Library. But no complaints!

I have been in this position for eight months and I am finally have confidence with what I am doing for the teens. Even though at times the programs I created can be stressful, I am rewarded by the outcome.

The Summer Reading Program for Richmond Public Library is over and man did it go by so fast?!

Nikki Giovanni @ RPL-Speaking to Teens
On June 27th, I had the honor to meet poet, Nikki Giovanni a couple of weeks ago as part  of our Summer Reading program for teens.  I also got the chance to speak to the crowd before she presented, which I was really nerves, but made it through. (the duties of a YA Librarian!)
Nikki was very inspirational to me and everyone in the crowd. She talked about her life growing up in the south, education and the community that surrounds her. She spoke directly to the teens and gave a message of wisdom, especially to the young males who were in the crowd. She held nothing back when it came to race and economics. I really enjoyed Nikki when she recited four of her poems. What a great treat we all had to hear Tennessee Native and Nikki-Rosa.

At the end of the program she answered questions from the audience and did a book signing.
Patty, Amanda, Me, Nikki Giovanni, Sarah, and Tuvita (Teen volunteer)

The YA Crew with with Nikki (Amanda, Me, and Sarah )

I had many successful programs over all, and I am proud that I am engaging the community.