Okay, so apart from my many jobs I have, I have been wanting to have a nice group of kids for my Teen Advisory Group. Last year we only had one student. Very loyal indeed but one gives the group a sad face.
So, I have read articles and comments about how to recruit kids and I find food is a definite taker! Also, peer influence matters so much at this age that if someone who is cool joins, maybe the others will follow.
I tell you it is very interesting observing kids at this age. I don’t mind by any means but it truly matters that your library staff is on board. Keep in mind some people don’t approve of any loud noise or any noise. What! Til this day, libraries still have issues with there being a little bit of noise.
You have to keep in mind, kids are loud. True fact. It’s hard for them to keep it down especially if they are with friends and they just want to hang out.
Rewards: What do They Get Out of It?
Like I had mentioned, food is always a perk. Also, if you have games or contests it’s always nice to give them a little something. It will keep them coming. Another thing that I have found that get these kids approval is recognition. They like to be recognized and especially if you know their name.
So, I have recruited about seven kids so far! I am very pleased that our TAG has gone from one to seven. I still have work to do. Something that is work in progress is that I am trying to create a space for them where they can keep their ideas (a desk) and files where to store them and an area where they can keep snacks whenever they want to come to the library and work on library projects. My whole goal or purpose is to have kids have a space and say in our library. Lot of work but love it!