Young Adults & Teens

McCracken County Public Library Teen Team 2008 posing on circ desk

Today's young adults experience life with or without their library but as your community members transition from childhood to adulthood, you and your library can play a significant role in building life-long learners and library fans. Explore all facets of serving young adults and teens in your community including outreach, collection development, programming, teen volunteers and gaming.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

Photo: McCracken County Public Library, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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How to Create a Robust STEM Library Program

 News / Last Modified: 26 June 2017

STEM learning (that's science, technology, engineering and math) seems to be on the tips of tongues everywhere from teachers to library staff to the President of the United States. But starting a new area of programming can sometimes feel daunting, e...

Board in the Library, Part Six: Board Game Night Basics

 News / Last Modified: 21 June 2017

We've spent plenty of time during this series discussing board games in general but very little on how to specifically host a successful board game night. Which is what most of you are probably going to do! Right? Play games with other humanoids. So ...

Board in the Library, Part One: An Introduction to Designer Board Games

 News / Last Modified: 21 June 2017

In a world of apps, massively multiplayer online role playing games/MMORPGs, game consoles, and connected mobile devices, the physicality and social aspect of gaming begins to wane. All this despite much online gaming being touted as, well, social. P...

Feeding a Need: New App Helps Youth Find Free Summer Meals

 News / Last Modified: 21 June 2017

Millions of low-income students rely on free or low-cost school meals. But when summer vacation starts, the school meals end. This means youth who had access to nutritious meals during the school year may be undernourished or hungry over the summer. ...

Board in the Library, Part 5: Getting Under the Hood with Game Mechanics

 News / Last Modified: 21 June 2017

This has been quite an adventure! Let's recap a bit. We started this journey exploring modern board games in the context of our favorite childhood games. Then we examined the different types of modern board games and what makes them so unique from ot...

"Building a Better World" with City Building Games

 News / Last Modified: 13 June 2017

Some great ideas to use city building games to connect to the Summer Reading program theme, "Build a Better World." In a city-building game you are constructing a city or some other municipality (or even just a home) with some objective in ...

Telling Stories with Games at Your Library

 News / Last Modified: 12 June 2017

Storytelling games are a natural fit for a library. A library, itself, is a collection of stories. They are in the books, the movies, the media. They inhabit the meeting rooms, the social spaces, the computers. People meet, create and imbue a library...

Board in the Library, Part the Third: Thematic vs Strategic Games

 News / Last Modified: 06 June 2017

Let's talk about thematic and strategic games: what they are, what defines each, and how some overlap exists. You need to understand where and how these types of games interact; that interaction will help you determine what type of players your patro...

Read About Summer Reading

 Document / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

Links to blogs, reports, briefs, handouts, and programmatic resources on the subject of reading initiatives and summer reading in particular