Library, HA Students Form Teen Advisory Board

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By Cynthia Stosse, Head of Children/Youth Services

Lane Memorial Library

Atlantic News, Friday, October 28, 2005

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

Special to 21 Voices:

HAMPTON -- What is a “Teen Advisory Board” or TAB? It is a group, within the library, made up of young adults from the community with an advisor from the library.

Who is in this group? Hampton Academy students who want to make a difference in their own lives and the lives of their community and fellow students make up the group.

What do they do? These students meet to plan programs that target issues that their peers are interested in, as well as suggest books and other library materials, monitor and change the teen Web site, and become an informed, active part of the community.

This group has already helped the library by choosing a title for the teen literary magazine and assisted in organizing the Teen Time Movies.

Why is this a good thing? Children are an important part of the community. What they feel and need is important. The Lane Memorial Library has been the after school stop-off location for Hampton Academy students for years. With this group of students, the library can better serve this wonderful part of the population. It benefits the students, but more so, it benefits the library and the direction that the library needs to be taking in the future.

When do they meet? The organizational meeting was held on Monday, October 17, with a follow-up meeting on Monday, October 24. The group will usually meet the third Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m.

Where are the meetings held? Space is provided in the library for the meetings. They are usually held in the Wheaton Lane Room.

Want to find out more? For additional information concerning this group and for programs at the library, call (603) 926-4729 or stop by any afternoon and speak with Cheryl French. The library’s Web site is also loaded with information about programming for the whole family.

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