Training Workshops for Teen Services

Professionals working with teens will learn skills that can be immediately applied in their libraries with young adults ages thirteen to seventeen.



Teen Services Essentials

Participants will learn useful tips and techniques for working with young adults that support YALSA’s “Young Adults Deserve the Best” requirements for libraries. We will focus on adolescent developmental needs and life experiences. Discussions will include best practices for interacting with teens, current trends in teen publishing, collection development, and readers advisory strategies as well as advocacy for teens.


Teen Programming Essentials

Seminar participants will be introduced to best practices for involving teens in library programs. We will discuss the components of a developmentally appropriate program and how to manage teen and tween behaviors. Learn how to conduct programming connected to YALSA’s programming initiatives, including Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week.


Art for Teens and Tweens

This hands-on workshop will show you how to create low-cost, high-interest creative experiences that engage teens and tweens. No prior art experience is necessary. Learn everything you need to know to set up your own programs, including tips for setup, materials lists, related books and media connections.


Programming with Teens, Tweens, and iPads

Learn how to create a successful teen or tween program using iPads. Participants will be introduced to the basics of how to use iPads and how to manage groups of teens and tweens as they engage with this technology in meaningful social and educational ways. Participants will leave with several ready-made programs perfect for teens and tweens.


Hour of Code at the Library


Your library can help children in your community move beyond playing on computers and smartphones to become content creators with marketable job skills by hosting and facilitating computer coding programs at the library. Content discussed in this seminar will be appropriate for children and teens ages 9 - 18, but can also be adapted for adult programming. We will be discussing various program formats that can be adopted in your library so that even if you don’t have a dedicated space or a computer lab, your community can still be engaged in programming.