Teen Advisory Board 3/13/2017

Present:  Angel (Meep), Haneen, Bella, Jane L, Lauren, Liliana, Lucy, Madison, Maya, Mckenna, Nina, Sophie

Below are brief notes from our meeting.

Pre-meeting assignment

Research the following topic:  Why are libraries essential to teens?

Go through this research, and highlight parts that speak directly to you. Think about why you joined TAB in the first place. What were you expecting out of your experience?

Next, spend another hour and look at the Youth Master Plan, pages 16-23, and see where the library can support these priorities.

Library services are defined by the surrounding community. For instance, the services we talked about last year in May (when we decided on the Mental Health Initiative), that was a gap in services in the community last year; but now, there’s a new youth advisory group that’s making that one of their goals.  We just started civic engagement discussions (Breakin’ News), but starting in March, Day One is hosting monthly civic engagement discussions (in response to the State of the Youth).  This doesn’t necessarily mean that we need to make our goals/services completely unique from other groups, but we should ask ourselves: which efforts are worth overlapping?

Review these Pasadena youth groups:  http://cityofpasadena.libguides.com/webteen/youthleaders

We’re all here to work together.  The one big difference about the Teen Advisory Board is that library services are quite vast. We can define what we want our priorities to be. Where do we fit in?  Where do we carve out a niche for ourselves?


Introductions – (5 minutes)

Youth Intern – Perla


Debrief – (3 minutes each; 25 minutes)

State of the Youth – Sophie, Nina, Genevieve, Jane L

PUSD Candidates Forum – Sophie

Youth Council & City Council Meeting – Lauren

First Teen Writers meeting – Sophie & Mckenna

Pasadena Youth Project, formerly the Youth Advisory Board for PHD – Perla & Jane G

Teen Tech Week – Alaina, Liliana, Perla, Jane G

YA Book Club – Scythe – possibility of adding activity? – Mckenna

Teen volunteer orientations – Perla, Nina, Meep, Genevieve


Open floor (5 minutes)

Any quick announcements?

Meep – is volunteering Planned Parenthood and there’s an upcoming program.

McKenna – is leading a writing club at school and will promote our teen writers meetup.

Sophie – has been elected as President of her school’s Robotics Club.


Action items (5 minutes)

Teen volunteer orientation at 6:30pm on a Tuesday night – Haneen & Madison will conduct this orientation


Discussion (40 minutes)

TAB’s mission & vision –

Why is the library essential?

What can the library do for teens?

What else is available and how does TAB fit in this community?

CLICK HERE for notes from this discussion


Information item (5 minutes)


Anime afternoon is moving to Mondays

Teen Services budget so far [table discussion of next year’s budget to April meeting]


TAB facilitated events –

Breakin’ News – Wed. March 15, 5pm – Nina & Maya

Teen Writers meetup – Thu. March 30, 6pm – Sophie

YA Book Club – Mon. April 3, 6pm (Falling Kingdoms) – Kara

Movie Night – Wed. April 12, 5pm (Perks of Being a Wallflower) – Meep & Genevieve


Notable upcoming events –

Game Night – Wed. March 22, 5pm

**Youth Mental Health First Aid training – Mon. April 17, 5pm


Follow up tasks:

Three committees were formed

One to work on TAB’s mission & vision

And two committees to work on two goals for TAB


Some info that might help with the mission & vision statements, and the strategic plan:


UCLA’s strategic plan:  http://www.library.ucla.edu/about/administration-organization/strategic-plan-2016-19

YALSA’s strategic plan:  http://www.ala.org/yalsa/aboutyalsa/strategicplan

Pasadena Public Library’s mission:  The mission of the Pasadena Public Library, a basic municipal service, is to be an information center for the Pasadena community in order to preserve and encourage the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry.

Our April meeting will be dedicated to discussing our mission and our goals for the next year.  Those of you who are on a committee (mission/vision committee or one of the strategic plan committees), please have your notes completed by April 3.  This will give everyone a week to review them all before the meeting.


These notes are for record purposes only. For more information about attending events, please see our website: http://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/library/teens-services/#menu3

To join the Teen Advisory Board, the application and description can be found on our website:http://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/library/teens-services/#menu4

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