In order for librarians to get teens into their libraries, they have a lot to compete with these days.
So how do libraries nation-wide appeal to teenagers, and make them put down their phones and their personal laptops, and get them into the library?
Luckily, here are a few easy and achievable tips and tricks:
- Try getting out of the library
- Teens need to realize that there is more the library offers than just the quiet physical building.
- By having librarians reach out to students in their local schools, where librarians can talk to students face-to-face about books, and what other services the library offers specifically to them.
- This gives the library a personal connection that otherwise is hard to achieve
- Send Out Promotional Material at School and on Social Media
- Teenagers are the most internet-savvy generation, and often spend more time on social media platforms than they spend in school
- By having the libraries tap into these platforms, it reaches the students in a way they understand.
- Find Enthusiastic Librarians to Lead Teen-Oriented Programs
- Know your library-staff and find librarians with up-beat personalities that teenagers can connect to in order to lead teen-based library programs.
- Create a Separate Teen-Only Space
- Teenagers may be avoiding the library due to the notion of having to remain quiet at all times. However, by creating a separate teen space, they now have a safe space in the library to mingle with peers of their age, without disturbing the other patrons.