More than 30 colleagues gathered at the Moreton Bay Region North Lakes Library on 4 September for the second Young Peoples Libraries Group (YPLG) Meeting for 2019. The theme of the meeting was Services to Young Adults. The Young Adults theme was a great success giving library staff who work with this age group even more reason to attend the meeting to share ideas and discuss issues with their colleagues.
Chris Girdler, Manager Customer & Cultural Services Moreton Bay Region Libraries formally welcomed the group and gave the Acknowledgement to Country. Participants then introduced themselves and provided a brief background on their role at their service.
Agenda items included:
• Surveying Young People
• Creating spaces that attract Young people
• The markers for success for young adult programs
State Library of Queensland update
State Library staff provided an update on services including two new state-wide eresources for young people Animalia and National Geographic Virtual Library. Promotional material for these resources distributed soon.
The new Summer Reading Club offer was presented and discussed The SRC 2019 includes the campaign title A Room full of stories, a new suite of resources, and a 40 Day challenge. The reading target focus moves to the number of days read over summer.
Libraries agreed that a good library space for teens includes comfortable furniture, WIFI, air conditioning and a level of privacy. Above all, teens like deciding for themselves what part of the library is right for them.
The success of teen events can’t be judged solely on attendance because of the number of teens and the competing priorities on their time. A bigger investment in an event for a smaller number can have significant long-term outcomes.
Some successful programs libraries reported for teens included:
D&D night – 6-10pm on a Saturday night, run by a staff member who volunteered and has a personal interest
Ipswich: a winter school for indigenous Years 7-9.
Gold Coast: Multicultural homework club that’s a partnership with the Multicultural Family Network. Second year the kids programmed a NAO robot to tell a story or nursery rhyme in their language and showcased it to their families.
Brisbane has Fandom Havens (e.g. Sherlock, Supernatural etc), Creative Teens, Anime & Manga Clubs, and Love YA – run once a year by Brisbane Writers Festival
Moreton Bay: Anime Club – after-school club focusing on anime and manga, Chess Club – play online chess, Code Club – for older primary and lower high school, HYPE – rebranded book clubs that discuss books, movies, pop culture. LOUD, Minecraft Club, Young Writers Group
Participants agreed that meeting themes are productive and stimulating.
If your library service would like to host the next YPLG meeting, please contact YPF@slq.qld.gov.au. The previous two meetings have been in or near Brisbane. Library services in other regions of Queensland are encouraged to host a meeting for local library staff.
To share ideas and issues about young people’s services subscribe to the YPF discussion list. For more details about the meeting please contact Karen Hind 3842 9009.