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Teen Revolution – Opportunities for the 12-19 set @ Your Library!

August 28th, 2013

Submitted by: Fort McMurray Public Library

It can be difficult to find safe, appropriate and, most importantly, FUN activities for tweens and teens.  “Interesting” doesn’t always translate to “cool”, and “cool” doesn’t always translate to “OK with the parents”.  Your Library has got you covered!

Teen Librarian Sarah Schmidt started with us in February, and she is AWESOME!  Sarah is originally from Barrhead, AB.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Waterloo and Masters in Library Science from Western Ontario U., and in between she taught voice and piano, including a music camp specifically for teens.  Right now, Sarah is going gangbusters on new programming and opportunities for the often-overlooked 12-19 age group, and we’re aiming to make the Library the coolest hangout in town!  We’re designing our new space for Teens – pulling out the snacks, brushing up the Steampunk, and talking to TEENS about what they want in a Library! 

From regular meetings to movies, to special events, here’s what we have going on for our TEENS:

  • Teen Movie Night is every third Thursday of the month, at 6:00 PM.  In November, come join us for our special event Teens at the Theatre – we’ll be going to the cinema to take in Catching Fire on opening night, November 22!
  • The FMPL Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a volunteer council of tweens and teens between the ages of 12 and 18.  TAB members have the opportunity to tell us what programs and services they want to see at their library!  TAB members will also act as liaisons with their schools and in the Wood Buffalo community.  Meetings will happen in the Teen Space on the second Wednesday of the month at 4:30 PM during the summer, with plans to change time to 3:30 during the school year to accommodate bus schedules (subject to the needs of members).  Free snacks are provided at meetings!
  • VolunTEENS– Starting this Fall, Teens will have the opportunity to volunteer for the Library through the Library’s VolunTEENS program.  VolunTEENS will help out with teen events, set up the monthly teen book displays, work with other Library departments, and be an active part of their library!

Stay tuned for more programs, as we get rolling with input from our Teen patrons:

·         Study Sessions during exam time

·         ESL for Teens

·         Art for Teens

·         A little friendly competition – no-cook Iron Chef, Gaming Tournaments, Minute to Win it, Teen Trivia

·         Monthly multicultural events

·         Monthly AniManga Club


Check our website for further details on all of our!

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