This is a call to our Young Adults. Yep, I’m talking to you, you crazy 7th grader, wising-up 8th grader, high-school-freshman 9th grader, budding-leader 10th grader, oldie 11th grader, and freaking-out-about-the-future 12th grader.
Did you know you are absolutely vital to keeping the Library relevant??
Without you, the Library starts to lose some of its power to help people. Why? Because you’re the ones who connect the Library to the world of 7th-12th graders. Now, I don’t want to be too dramatic but…if the Library can’t reach young adults, the Library can’t reach a new generation and then…the Library begins to die.
Kinda bad news, huh?
But it’s not all about what you can do for the Library, it’s also about what the Library can do for you! Studies show that people are better off when they read and when they form relationships with other people─two activities the Library is built on.
We know you’re busy: performing in plays, competing in sports, playing in bands and working a job. Not to mention friends, family and other responsibilities. It’s okay. We don’t want to replace those good things. We hope the Library will make all those things better, and that in turn, you’ll share your ideas, opinions, and skills with us.
Here are some ideas of what I mean:
We need you to tell us what you want to read and watch by requesting new books and movies. Did you know you can ask for any book or movie by filling out a form at the front desk? Our manager looks through every request carefully when it comes time to order new items. She wants your input!
Do you have ideas about Library programs for young adults? Do you want to be a part of keeping the Library in peak condition? Are you hoping to build your resume with volunteer hours? Consider joining YALL: the Young Adult Library League. The group begins August 2018, but you can get a jump-start over the summer by volunteering or meeting the staff! Drop by and ask to talk with Leah Humphrey or Delilah Williamson.
Enjoy a program
Want to learn more about a 5-foot instrument you’ve probably never heard of? Try out the upcoming “Didgeridoo” program. Would you like to make someone’s day? Help create a rock garden for people to take and leave personalized rocks. And if these don’t pique your interest, Leah Humphrey─the mastermind behind the YA programs─wants to hear about it. She says, “If my programs are not what you look forward too, let me know!” Leah is committed to tailoring her programs to what you want─so be creative and tell her your ideas.
There’s a lot that goes into keeping a Library running smoothly: from putting together summer reading prizes, to dusting shelves and shelving books, to face-painting on Summer Reading Kick-Off Day. We want you on our team. And, as Leah points out, “it looks great on a resume that you volunteered at a library. Besides that, our library is a great place to volunteer; we have great books, great staff, and a beautiful building that people love to visit.”
Yeah, I know. Obvious….But seriously, we have so many good books!!!!! Pick one up. If you don’t like it, pick another. Read outside. Read in the car. Read when your Aunt Gertrude is making caramelized brussel sprouts againnnn and she will ask you to help if you’re not doing something else!!!!
You get the idea.
Come to the Library. Your presence makes a difference.
Till next time,