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Teen Leadership Council

September 4, 2018 through May 7, 2019

Applications Accepted Beginning August 1, 2018

Adaptation, communication, and dedication are central to the Glen Ellyn Public Library’s Teen Leadership Council. The TLC is led by you, with the Young Adult Librarian providing leadership content and guidance. In turn, you will engage in the content provided, brainstorm programming ideas, assist in executing programs, and tell your friends, neighbors, cousins, classmates, and anyone else of high school age to come to these using word-of-mouth advertising and social media. You’ll have homework (almost) every meeting — assignments to complete by the next meeting.

Mission of Teen Leadership Council

The mission of the Glen Ellyn Public Library Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is to promote teen input and involvement in library services (particularly high school services), to encourage volunteerism, and to develop leadership and teamwork skills for teens in a supportive environment. This will be accomplished through regular meetings of the TLC, leadership roles within TLC, development and promotion of library programs and services by TLC members, and a safe and respectful group environment.

Become A Member

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Council members should be people wanting to make an impact in their community through envisioning, designing, and implementing library programming at least once per school semester. Members must be Glen Ellyn residents in high school, all students at Glenbard West or Glenbard South, and homeschooled students between the ages of 14 and 18 who reside in Glen Ellyn.

Interested teens should submit applications beginning August 1, 2018 to Josh O’Shea, Young Adult Librarian, at or drop them off at the 2nd Floor Information Desk. Applicants will be asked to schedule an interview with Josh to further discuss TLC. Members will be asked to commit to a year of TLC service. Membership will be capped at 10.

Council members may ask for written recommendations for national honors society, college applications, etc. To receive a recommendation, members must attend a total of eight meetings, contribute time and effort to two programs, and write a reflection on leadership at the end of their membership time.

Council Duties

The TLC meets on the first Tuesday of the month from September through May at 6:30 pm in the High School Room. Meetings last between 60 and 90 minutes. TLC members will commit to attending at least seven of the ten annual meetings. The Young Adult Librarian will alert members if a meeting is canceled. If more than three meetings are missed, TLC membership may be revoked.

TLC members are also expected to spend at least five hours outside of meetings volunteering for the library during the course of their time on the TLC. TLC membership lasts for one year, after which time members must re-submit their application for another year of service.

During their time on TLC, teens will be asked to contribute to the library in a variety of ways. Tasks TLC members may be asked to do include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and providing input on high school services at the library
  • Developing, attending, and providing feedback on high school programs at the library
  • Providing input into library policies and procedures
  • Contributing recommendations for collection items to add to the library
  • Creating content in the form of book reviews, videos, and more for the library website and social media pages
  • Participating in community outreach with the library
  • Promoting high school programs and services outside the library by talking to friends, handing out flyers, contacting appropriate community groups, and more
  • Volunteering at library programs
  • Taking on leadership roles within TLC
  • Having fun!