Teen Library Services

Teenagers are the patrons that either scare adults or the services provided are few in between. What kind of message are we sending to the world? Mary Chelton’s article, “The ‘problem patron’ public libraries created” and LBSCI 777’s twitter battle show the realities that people are scared to work with teens or adult patrons do not want teens to be in the adult section of the libraries. Teen Services Librarians also have reservations about the big responsibility it takes to create programs or a safe space for teens. The negative view that people around us have of teens are due to their parents, teachers or librarians insisting that they have to act or do things a certain way to be acceptable. It is no wonder they rebel. Now along with judgement against them teen services are declining. They won’t have the opportunity to grow as a person with limited resources.

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action article opened my eyes to the scary reality that teens as well as librarians face when they want to change things for teens everywhere.

As a future librarian, I believe in the growth in our children and teens, but that may not always be the case as it is written in The Future of Library Service “Library closures, reduced hours, lack of staff, and insufficient resources mean that teens in many communities no longer have access to the resources, knowledge, and services they need to support their academic, emotional, and social development, to master 21st-century skills, and to ensure that they become productive citizens.”(Young Adult Library Service, p6) Teens deserve a place to go for access even if they are not wanted. That shouldn’t be  the message we want to send to teens. We should want to say, I to the best of my ability want to you feel welcomed and I want to be your guide for the life you want to lead. Libraries may not have the resources to help teens, but they can teach teens at schools how to use the Internet to their advantage.

I don’t think teens  just wake up angry or  with an attitude as people define them, but that is just my opinion. I believe a change in their life causes a change in their perspective.


The future of library services for and with teens: a call to action. (2015). Young Adult Library Services, 13(2), 6+. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com.queens.ezproxy.cuny.edu:2048/ps/i.do?p=AONE&sw=w&u=cuny_queens&v=2.1&it=r&id=GALE%7CA398628088&asid=fc47ae67534370b451a4c67854b9f1a0

Mary K. Chelton (2002) The “Problem Patron” Public Libraries Created, The Reference Librarian, 36:75-76, 23-32, DOI: 10.1300/J120v36n75_04




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