Learn to Transform your Teen Library Services

Feb 23, 2021

Three women wearing face masks and holding handmade wreaths. At least two appear to be teens.

Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library patrons on Wyoming Snapshot Day.

Teen services librarians — are you tired of feeling like you just can’t quite “reach” your teens? Would you like to meet with other teen librarians across the state to discuss ways to engage teens in library programs and services? Does forming a professional network of other teen services librarians sound like an opportunity you would enjoy?

Join Paige Bredenkamp from the Wyoming State Library and Darcy Acord from Campbell County Public Library for a four-week online course for youth service librarians. “Transforming Teen Services through Connected Learning Opportunities” (T3) is an initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA). This initiative is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The course will be free, and will require a minimum investment of time: coursework will take approximately one hour per week, and the group will meet online for an additional weekly hour-long discussion. At the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand connected learning theory and why it is important for public library staff serving teens
  • Formulate ideas for implementing connected learning opportunities into the teen programming at your own libraries, with an awareness of the unique circumstances of Wyoming libraries
  • Form a community of practice with other teen services library staff in Wyoming

The  course begins Friday, February 26, and enrollment is limited to 10 participants. Questions may be directed to Paige Bredenkamp, paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov or Darcy Acord, darcy@ccpls.org. Those interested in participating should discuss this opportunity with supervisors, and then contact either Darcy or Paige to enroll.

If you have a question about this or any other article, please contact us at statelibrary@wyo.gov

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