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Teen Leadership Council

August 1, 2017 through May 31, 2017

Applications Accepted June 1, 2017 through July 15, 2017

Become A Member

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Members of the Glen Ellyn Public Library Teen Leadership Council (TLC) must be between the ages of 14 and 18 when they join, in high school (or of equivalent age or grade level) and either reside in the Village of Glen Ellyn or attend Glenbard West or Glenbard South High School.

Interested teens should submit applications by July 15, 2017 to Josh O’Shea, Young Adult Librarian, by email at joshea@gepl.org 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 15.

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.

Council Duties

The TLC meets on the first Tuesday of the month from August through May at 7 pm. TLC members will commit to attending at least seven of the ten annual meetings. 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!