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Have you ever given your all for a teen program, only to feel less than spectacular about the end result? We’ve all been there. Maybe we don’t attract the attendance numbers we hoped for or that our well thought out plan didn’t go exactly as we expected it to go. […]

Programming is great, but… 1

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I got an iPhone this past month, and I’ve been slowly digging into the vast library or apps that the phone offers.  A lot of things have grabbed my attention, but nothing perhaps so much as Historypin.  From Wikipedia: Historypin is an online, user-generated archive of historical photos and personal […]

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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 […]

Make Music at the Library

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“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 […]

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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, […]

Portland Public Teen Library: 2010 Year In Review

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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 […]

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(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 […]

The iPad (through the eyes of a teen) 3

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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 […]

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A day in the life of a teen library 1