Pasadena Public Library – Teen Advisory Board, 05/06/2020


Debrief / followup: 

  • First Virtual YA Book Club
  • Youth Network online meeting
  • Build a Bear 

Changes to programs and services from now until June: 

  • May
    • All in-person events at the library are cancelled through the end of May. All library programs in May, June, & July will be virtual.
    • Mental Health Month events
    • Virtual YA Book Club will continue in May and possibly in June. — May 11
    • “Sketches and More” workshop for May 13 + June?
    • Volunteer opportunities will remain virtual and/or remote through at least May
    • Volunteer orientations will resume in mid-May, but online.
      • Would like to include an intro to TAB video as part of the orientation curriculum
  • TAB meetings will be virtual until the end of July.
    • The most valuable part of TAB are the connections and processes, not the achievements–though there are plenty of those as well.
    • TAB gaming collection will be put on hold until July.
  • Summer programs: 
    • levelUP Youth Conference – virtual
    • Harry Potter party is cancelled (obviously). Will consider hosting next year.
    • Summer reading program will be online; incentives are TBD (if any)
    • What other virtual programs could we host? Virtual live escape room? Continue with virtual book clubs? What about a virtual movie night (via Hoopla)?
    • Game Days — facilitated by Haile & Noah



  • Challenges moving forward: 
  • TAB / volunteer recruitment ~ volunteer engagement always affect teen events
  • Uncertainties opening/social distancing/restrictions
  • Programs and engagement
  • Sketches and More ~ How do we get more of the “public” to participate? Is there a need?
  • Remote volunteer opportunities
  • Going forward, we may be looking at continuing to host some virtual programs/meetings
  • Other considerations: 
    • Joint library council/board meetings with other library systems
    • Virtual office hours using library chat



  • Research and report: conduct some field studies on virtual programs
    • programs like Everywhere Book Fest (May 1-2)
    • Other library system programs
      • Citizen Science pilot session with LAPL teen council – May 11 @ 3:30
    • Our own library programs
  • Video practice – record online
  • Zine articles

We would like to publish a few interviews regarding your college application experience. I’ve drafted up a short list of questions, and am hoping a few of you can answer some questions (you don’t have to answer them all). The idea is to create a long enough article for the zine and be valuable for younger students to know.


Information items: 


For video interviews: 

  • What’s a memorable experience you had on TAB?
  • Why should someone join TAB?
  • What made you stay on TAB?
  • What makes TAB or your volunteer experience unique?
  • What do you think the library means to teens or this community?
  • Notes about Content – information to include
  •         Mission statement for teen board 
  •         What members learned from the experience
  •         How has TAB shaped your character
  •         Importance of teen voice
  •         What the library offers 
  •         Clearly shows goal of group / values they advocate


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