What is the Youth Advisory
The Youth Advisory Committee is made up of a group of volunteers in junior and senior high as well as recent
graduates of local schools. The mission statement of the Committee is as follows:
To insure the availability
of quality resources for both leisure activities and homework assignments
for junior and senior high school students. The Committee encourages teen
involvement in the library through creative original programming and suggesting
programs to be held at the library.
The committee meets as
a group approximately once a month with a prize drawing and refreshments. During
the meeting we discuss things that can be done to meet the library's goal of
serving the teens in the area. In the summer, we meet less formally to prepare
original programming and props necessary for these programs.
Do you want to start
a Youth Advisory Committee at your library?
School Year Youth Advisory Committee:
- Stuffing bags for the
Books for Babies programs
- Assisting with props
for Teen Mystery Night after demanding we have it!
- Assisting with materials
- Making name tags for
- Choosing posters for
purchase and display in the library
- Making holiday ornaments
to sell to benefit a local children's charity
- Stuffing Goodie bags
to hand out at the Erie Canal Village Festival
- Making red, white, and
blue ribbons to raise money for the Familes of Heroes Scholarship Fund
- Reading scary stories
at Erie Canal Village's Haunted Festival
Summer Youth Advisory Committee:
- Another float in the
Honor America Days Parade! The theme of the parade was Honoring Grandparents,
so our float's theme was "Grandparents are the Best Storytellers."
Note the cardboard castle. Our float also featured a grandmother in a rocking
chair with her grandchild.
- Our first float in the
Honor America Days Parade!
- Performed How the Grinch
Stole Summer Vacation, a participatory mystery for children of all ages. Our
audience was 63 people! This was videotaped to use as a training tool for
both the participants and other libraries interested in starting a Teen Advisory
Buddies branched out this year. Teens read to children at Franklyn's Field,
the YMCA, and the Boys and Girls Club. Next year, Book Buddies will be Summer
Reading Program Ambassadors. Children will be read to and be invited to join
the Summer Reading Program.
Judge a Book By Its Movie book and movie discussion
series for teens
- Performed Wolf Theater,
a dramatization of 3 wolf-themed stories for children of all ages. Our audience
was 79 people!
- Computer Camp for kids
ages 6 and up who learned about computers with teen volunteers
- Performed Who Stole
Seuss?, a kidnapping mystery for children ages 5-12. We had an audience of
over 60 people!
Buddies is a summer reading program in which volunteer teens read to small
groups of children. Look for a new format in the summer of 2000.
For information on joining the Youth
Advisory Committee, contact Lisa Kinna at Jervis Public Library in Rome, NY at
336-4570 ext. 227.
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