Everybody loves a baby but when that rascal becomes a teen very few wants to be around them let alone assist in the transition from childhood to adulthood. There are exceptions. Libraries that service teen populations have a unique opportunity to assist this group in terms of entertainment, social needs and even health care concerns.
Voice of Youth Advocates magazine is filled with articles and columns that help youth librarians provide services such as setting up an information network to provide assistance to teens, bringing librarians up to speed on gaming and one that I really liked the idea of "Daughters Day".
This was a luncheon where young ladies are affirmed and provided information that specifically addresses their needs. The library pulled together speakers, mentors and information packets create an infusion of self-esteem. The other bonus is that it reaffirms the library as a touch point of information.
If you plan to work in a public library or work with teens I strongly urge you to check out the writing in this magazine.