These guidelines are intended to guide library staff who design, host, and evaluate library programs with and for teens. Librarians are in a unique position to serve as connectors, bringing teens together with resources that inform and expand their interests. Effective teen programs foster peer-to-peer learning and positive developmental relationships, leverage community resources, and enable the acquisition of twenty-first century workforce skills.
Teen Programming Guidelines was created in 2014 -2015 by a task force of the YALSA with feedback from the library community. They were developed in alignment with YALSA’s report, The Future of Library Services For and With Teens: a Call to Action.