Library Talk blog: Calling All Teens

Thinkspot at Mesa Public Library

Thinkspot at Mesa Public Library

"There's nothing to do for Teens in this Town . . ." Wrong!

Never heard of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)? It may be the best-kept secret around. It's like that perfect undiscovered hiking trail, camping spot, fishing hole, scenic getaway that you only tell a deserving few about.

Well, deserving-few-reading-this-library blog, you are hereby formally invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what we offer.

So far this year. . .

January

"Yallapalooza" Youth Fiction Authors' Book-Signing at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe

February

Arizona State University (ASU) "Night of the Open Door" Expo, Tempe Campus

March

Sat, 14 @ 7pm: "Can't Take it With You" Play at Camp Verde High School, featuring two of our TABsters.

Teen Tech Week 19th-21st:

Mario Kart Marathon (Thurs)

Sphero Robot Races (Fri)

Digital Photography & Graphic Art Workshop (Sat)

Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival 28th-29th:

* Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony

* Kiwanis Kids Kite-Flying

* Tree Advisory Committee Interactive Booth

We meet every Saturday at 2 p.m. to plan teen events and we have a weekly Teen Night 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. - all at the library!

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We plan field trips for every month, have game nights, movie nights, throw parties, road trip out of town, and have all kinds of fun, for sure. But, we are also serious about: 1) improving the library, 2) serving the community, 3) building skills and shaping futures; and we are structured with high expectations and high accountability.

We wrote our own ByLaws (seven pages!), have a Mission & Vision Statement, Officers--President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Affairs Officer, and a signed agreement for Standards of Behavior on file for every Teen.

TAB is the Teen representative body for the Library, TRUE. We decide which Books, CDs, DVDs, and Electronic materials should go on the shelves; design the Teen Library space, and promote reading. However, our scope extends beyond the Library, to the total development of the individual, and to serving the community at large.

Our Teens go to six different schools, come from varying family backgrounds, and are diverse in personality/ interests, and are welcoming to everyone. So, come by on a Saturday and meet us!

Mission Statement:

Improve life for teens in Camp Verde through the library, by offering an inspiring, second-home environment that builds leaders and empowers them to go beyond expectation. We want the world to know that the Library is a vibrant, valuable, ever-evolving place that can positively impact the local community and beyond, through teens.

Highlights of 2014

ASU, NAU, Yavapai College

Prescott/Prescott Valley Libraries, four Phoenix Libraries, Out of Africa, SciFi Convention, UV Color Splash benefit run

6 Town Council Public Hearings and Presentations Cornfest, Fort Verde Days, Trick or Treat on Main Street, Christmas Parade First Teen AZ E-Book Contest Judges Featured in 10 Articles in The Bugle Raised $800 for local Teens with Cancer

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