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We Want YOU! Join the Library’s Teen Advisory Council TODAY!

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center is looking for a few good young men and women to serve on the Library’s Teen Advisory Council. So, if you want your voice to be heard, to build your resume, and to help improve Memphis Public Libraries, we want you!

“We want to know what teens want, what teens like, what teens read, and we want to give it to them,” said Nancy Knight, assistant director of community outreach and special projects. “It is important to pay attention to the things teens are interested in, as they are the next generation of leaders and professionals.”

The council’s primary order of business will be to represent Memphis Public Libraries. Once a month, the group will meet to offer technology and book recommendations, make decisions on teen-related activities at the Library, help to design the Library’s teen newsletter, write blogs and articles for the Teen Page on the Library’s website, and brainstorm book display ideas, and much more.

“The Library wants to play an active role in helping teens to become better prepared for their futures in terms of literacy, college readiness, and technology skills,” Knight said, “so the council – in a way – will be a voice for all teens in Memphis.”

To become a Teen Advisory Council member, teens must be between the ages of 15 to 18, must be able to attend the council’s monthly meetings, and must attend at least two Library programs annually. “We want an avid reader, ideally someone who likes to write, and who has an opinion and doesn’t mind sharing it,” Knight added. “A love of books and literacy doesn’t hurt either!”

Recruiting for the council is ongoing, although Knight encouraged teens to apply as soon as possible. To become a member of the Library’s Teen Advisory Council, call (901) 415-2871.

“The Library is connected to every citizen in the community in some way. Becoming a council member is a great opportunity for teens to acquire leadership skills and be a part of important literacy decisions and economic development in our city. That’s pretty cool,” Knight concluded.