Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Love the library? And want to help? Hate the library and want to make it better? Consider joining the Teen Advisory Council. Help select books and magazine, help plan programs and events and best of all make your voice heard because after all it is your library.

Ask your local teen librarian for details, or stop in to the Main Teen Center.


The San Francisco Public Library Teen Advisory Council is a group of San Francisco high schoolers who want to make the public library a better place for teens. We meet every month at the main library to plan library events such as the talent show, the teen summer read program, and other teen-related programs. We make ideas happen.

We aim to make the library more visible for teenagers, so that they will know about the great free resources we have right here in our city. Each council member is responsible for advertising library programs in our area of the city. We talk to other students about what the library has to offer.

We also want teens to participate in library decisions. We meet with library administrators to let them know what improvements the library can make to invite all teens inside the doors.

When you join the Teen Advisory Council, you agree to learn leadership skills such as sharing your opinions, negotiating with other teens, speaking in public (if you want!), contacting other agencies, applying for special funding (money!!). As teenagers, we can give our input on how money provided by the Friends and Foundation of San Francisco Public Library should be spent. In the past, we’ve successfully started S.A.T. prep workshops, a talent show, film programs, and a DJ skills workshop.

As a Council member, you also get to participate in fun events like the summer reading party and author visits.

If you want your voice to be heard, and you care about the public library, or you want to improve the library, apply for the Teen Advisory Council today!!

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