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Teen Advisory Board Creates Unique Space for Teens

Teen Advisory Board Creates Unique Space for Teens

Teens can join TAB to gain ownership of the Library’s teen area, and a sense that they belong and their opinions are valued.

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Hannah Kiger

Your Library’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB) is a group of teens that gives recommendations for the Library’s teen space, collection, and programs. TAB is open to anyone ages 12-18 who is interested in helping make the Library’s teen area a fun and welcoming place for teens.

TAB meets once a month to share ideas and information regarding the teen space, collection, programs, and vision for the future. If you’re interested in participating, call Teen Services at (423) 434-4349 or stop by the Library’s Information Desk on the second floor.

The group’s next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library’s teen area. You can find more upcoming meeting dates here.

What TAB Offers Teens

TAB is an opportunity for the open sharing and consideration of needs, ideas, and inspiration between teens and your Library’s Teen Services staff. TAB offers teens ownership of their space and encourages the development of important life skills like budgeting and decision making. It also helps to instill a sense of investment in their Library as an institution.

Along with helping make their Library a space that welcomes and empowers them, teens can strengthen their college applications or professional resumés. Those who participate in TAB earn one volunteer hour per meeting. 

What TAB Does

TAB’s ideas and feedback help ensure that their Library’s teen area is a safe, supportive, and positive space where all teens feel welcome. TAB provides invaluable input and opinions that help inform our teen programming, book selection, and projects.

In turn, TAB gives Library staff a golden opportunity to better know, understand, and acknowledge the needs and desires of our community’s teens.

TAB has taken on special events and projects in the past. In 2019, TAB applied for, presented, and won a health initiative grant from ETSU Elevates. The grant enabled TAB and the Library to host a weeklong program about teen mental health in 2022. In 2020, TAB members gave input for the City of Johnson City’s Child Friendly Cities Initiative, which helps the City improve the lives of its kids and young people.

Call (423) 434-4349 or stop by the second-floor Information Desk to find out more and join TAB.

Check out our calendar of teen events to find more upcoming opportunities. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram to get updates about Library programs, collections, and services.

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