Guess what? As of last week, I have officially been your teen librarian for a year now! I hope some of you are excited about that – I know I certainly am. It’s been a wonderful year for me here at GEPL, and my favorite part (by far!) has been getting to know some of the awesome teens in and around Glen Ellyn. There’s not much I enjoy more than talking books, movies, fandoms, and more with you all, and I feel so lucky that I get to come to work every day and do just that. It’s amazing.
So now that I’ve been here a while, I wanted to take a minute to talk about some of the awesome stuff the library has done with and for Glen Ellyn teens in the last year, and some of what we hope to accomplish in the next year.
For starters, we’ve had some really great programs this past year! From Late Night Study to Homework Cafe to practice tests and college prep workshops, we’re really trying hard to support your education and your future, and hopefully make studying more fun. So don’t forget to come get pizza when you study for finals, or coffee and hot chocolate on Thursday afternoons in the Teen Scene. And keep your eyes open for programs from our community partners that will help you improve your ACT scores, write a great college application essay, and get some solid advice on planning for the future.
We’ve also had some programs that are just plain fun, and I think those are important too! Whether it’s immersing yourself in a fandom, enjoying a book that wasn’t an assignment, or even shooting some Nerf darts, we think you deserve some relaxation. So we’ve had release parties for some fan-favorite movies like Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars (and have another for Mockingjay coming up!), we’ve rewarded you for reading your favorite books over the summer during summer reading, and in August, we took over the second floor of the library during the National Teen and Tween Lock-In for some after-hours Nerf games.
On top of these great programs, I’m always reading books reviews and ordering great books for our Teen Scene. We’re also doing our best to help you all find fantastic new reads, through online booklists, one-on-one recommendations, and reviews right here on this blog. We’re keeping in touch with you on Twitter and Tumblr, and staying connected in a bit more depth in this blog space.
For the next year, we’re hoping to keep up the good work – and then some. We’ll continue supporting your education with great programs throughout the year, but plan to keep having fun as well with programs like a Frozen watch party and sing-along in November, building marshmallow guns in December, and in the spring, another after-hours Nerf wars program. After the remodeling on the second floor is done, we’ll be re-decorating the teen space with a teen art contest this winter. As the school year ends, we’ll welcome new and returning volunteers over the summer to give you a chance to get involved in the library, and give us a chance to get more great feedback and ideas from teens.
Overall, I’ve had a wonderful time my first year here at GEPL! I have loved getting to know this community, especially the teens here, and I hope to get to know you better over this next year. So next time you’re at the library, stop by and say hi.
I can’t wait to for my next year with you!