What is a Teen Advisory Group, Anyway?

As any parent or caregiver knows, adolescence is an especially important (and sometimes challenging) time of life.  The years between 12 and 18 bear witness to enormous physical, emotional and intellectual changes.  Given the impact these changes can have on future development and progress, it is crucial to engage teens in activities that encourage independent thinking while providing a sense of structure and guidance.

The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) at the County Library is just such an activity.  At its core, TAG is intended to give teens a means of shaping library services, allowing them to generate program ideas and make suggestions for book purchases.  Over the 13 months of its existence, the group formed at the County Library has become much more.  Of course, our monthly meetings provide opportunities for teens to practice their leadership and decision-making skills, but our group also has become an important social outlet.  We tend to spend as much time sharing pizza and playing video games as we do focusing on library matters, but having fun has lessons to be learned as well—not least, how to interact with others in respectful and appropriate ways.

We are always on the lookout for new members and new perspectives!  Our next TAG meeting is on Friday, November 30 at 4:30 pm, and no registration is required to join us.  For more information, please give David a call at 984-8200.