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.

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Resources on Libraries and Homelessness

 News / Last Modified: 14 August 2017

A collection of resources, webinars, courses, video, and articles on libraries and how they serve the homeless in their communities.

Board in the Library, Part Deux: A Progressive List of Game Types

 News / Last Modified: 06 July 2017

The scope of board games has exploded in the past 10 years. This can be a major hurdle for new gamers as well as for those stalwart librarians attempting to create a gaming environment in their library. In this article, John Pappas provides a list of...

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

 News / Last Modified: 06 July 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...

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 ...

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...