Those of us who work in libraries recognize that not everyone views the library as the “cool” place to be (but we can’t always understand why that is!), and stereotypically, teens often fall into this category. Public libraries are faced not only with the problem of competing with other activities and interests for teens, but also with how teens perceive them.
Luckily, we see this type of situation as a challenge rather than a problem. And, if there is one thing library staff like as much as books, it’s a good challenge! Instead of shying away, we look for ways to engage with teens and understand what they would like to get out of their library. This is an opportunity to talk with teens, ask for their input, and learn from the younger generation. The SD&G County Library has been undertaking this challenge for a while now, however we know it’s a marathon not a sprint!
March is a great time to celebrate the teens in SDG and invite them into our spaces to see what’s new. Specifically, Teen Tech Week takes place from March 6th to 12th, and encourages teens to use technology in all its forms to learn and create. This year’s theme is “Create it at your Library” and branches across the SD&G County Library system will be offering various activities in support of this idea.
Help us spread the word to all SDG teens. From gaming to studying, libraries offer a range of services and resources for teens willing to challenge those stereotypes and make the library the place to be!
For more information about the SD&G County Library, please contact Susan Wallwork, Communications & Marketing Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 936 – 8777 ext. 226.