BY ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
A group of teens from all over the county shares their knowledge with staff of the Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County once a month. The teens, in grades seven through 12, make up the Teen Advisory Board that meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Boardman branch of the library.
“They join the teen advisory board mainly to help the library know what we should be doing for teens,” said Cindy Beach, co-coordinator of teen services for the library system. “They advise us on programs and the books that we buy. They help out at different programs.”
Along with advising staff and helping to plan programs, the teens discuss what each is reading and offer ideas of what the others should read next.
Katrina Robison has been a member of TAB for three years. She originally joined because a friend told her it was a book club, but she also enjoys helping plan programs.
“I like helping set up and taking down,” Robison said. She has helped with the zombie prom, as well as other programs.
At the July 3 meeting, TAB members discussed recent changes to the website, an advertisement for teen library programs that will run in local movie theaters during the months of July, August, November and December and an upcoming program scheduled for August.
“My favorite thing is when we work with the community and we host community events like our upcoming party in August on the 16th,” said Jose Calderon. Calderon is a six-year member of TAB.
The library system has a very good teen program, Calderon said. Fewer teenagers have been utilizing library services, though, he said.
“I feel that with TAB we’re bringing more back, and reconnecting teenagers and adolescents with the library,” Calderon said.