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Program Development, Promotion, and Implementation

Working in Teen Services at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library provides a great opportunity to produce and deliver unique library services to a diverse community. Within our department, we deliver at least 5 programs each month. In addition, we provide rotating, drop-in DIY Kits, social media contests, book displays, and other activities to engage our customers. The above video recaps Print Your Head! a 3D modeling and printing program I developed.

Besides interacting with teens in person, we use social media to connect with our customers. The Hub's Twitter feed, Facebook account, Instagram account, and blog are great ways to find out what we're up to.

Outreach & Passive Services

Another primary duty as a Teen Librarian is providing outreach to local middle and high schools. Besides presenting on library services and delivering programs onsite at schools, I also fill school resource requests that support curriculum, build literacy, and foster a love of reading. Another aspect of outreach services is presenting research strategies for school projects. This handout, that I created for local middle schools' Young Entrepreneurs Academy database presentation, highlights the information covered during my instruction sessions.

When we're not helping teens at the Hub desk, we're creating and maintaining our passive services. Among our staff, we rotate the responsibility for developing, implementing, and managing these services. They include: social media contests, book displays, and our drop-in DIY Kits. These are some examples of previous DIY Kits that I have developed: Sculpey Wax Stamp, Take Apart Cart, Measuring Trajectory with Paper Rockets, Candy Character Pops (pictured below), and Banned Books Week Blackout Poetry.

Yoshi candy character pop.

Technology Instruction