THE BACKSTORY I wanted the teens using my library to do something creative this summer. I’ve recently grown weary of having programs for the sake of programs, so with this mindset I reached out to the amazing Sonya Tomlinson aka Sontiago to help unlock the amazing creativity of the teens here in Portland. Sonya’s an [...]
“The time is now,” I keep telling myself. Let me tell you why. It’s been almost five years since I fell into being a teen librarian. I was working toward my MLS at Clarion University when I was approached to do some summer teen programming at the Clarion Free Library in Clarion, PA. Their proposal [...]
On Tuesday May 17, 2011, my library had the pleasure of hosting a show featuring the wizard rock band Harry and the Potters. The show itself was awesome: the music was great, the band was super nice, and everyone had a good time.
The highlight for me had nothing to do with the actual [...]
As much of a fan of putting together elaborate and unique programs at my library, at the same time I feel it’s good to balance things out with some laid back stuff as well. This lead to my desire to seek out a movie license so that we could show some films. It was [...]
Portland Public Teen Library: 2010 Year In Review on Prezi
I’ve been thinking a lot about transparency this year. It might have to do with the term becoming a buzz word of some sorts, or maybe because the ongoing discussion concerning Wikileaks in news media. A huge part of me, however, thinks that I [...]
Last night, we held the first Teen After Hours event at the Portland Public Library. This program was a collaboration between the library and Officer Ray Ruby of the Portland Police Department.
All in all, it was a great success. We played video games, ate pizza, had a massive hide and seek game, and [...]
Two teens from Italy in Portland, ME over the summer. One teen librarian. What the heck is gonna bring them together?
It’s not a mind blowing idea. But I will tell you this…it works. Here’s our simple story about how we bonded thanks to some technology.
For the first two days, our interaction [...]
(a brief interview between Portland Public Teen Library @justinlibrarian and Portland teen @davidchuphoto) What are you using it for? I’m usually sitting in bed and using it as a computer instead of a laptop. I would go back to a laptop if I got a MacBook. What are your favorite apps? Twitter, ABC Player, [...]
Three weeks have passed since the Portland Public Library reopened after a lengthy renovation (which I wrote about here). The addition of a teen area is a completely new idea for the community of Portland, Maine. At first, teens didn’t really understand that this was THEIR space. However, over the last week or so they’ve started [...]