What is the Teen Advisory Board? TAB is a group of library teen volunteers who not only helps the library and community, but takes an active leadership role in implementing programs, promoting, and advocating for youth services in Pasadena.
How is it different than just being a regular library teen volunteer? TAB is part of the larger teen volunteer program, but the main difference is that TAB members in addition have committed to attending a number of monthly meetings and completing specific projects in workgroups and independently.
Can I just participate in a TAB project here and there without joining TAB? Sometimes you can depending on what is shared in our teen volunteer email list. But the bulk of the planning and implementation happens during the TAB meetings, and most of the TAB projects are multi-faceted with many steps, so it’s unlikely non-TAB members will get to help very much.
How do I join TAB?
- Ages 13-17
- Attend the monthly meetings (currently on a Saturday); Meetings take place at Jefferson Branch Library.
- Apply by submitting a volunteer application for Jefferson Branch Library.
How do I stay on TAB? Joining is easy. Staying on TAB requires a little more work.
- Attend as many of the official monthly meetings as possible.
- Year-round commitment
- Participation in online discussions, committee work, and pre-meeting assignments (this may include additional volunteer shifts)
- Excellent communication skills and highly dedicated
- Ability to work well independently and with the rest of TAB
- The monthly time commitment is approximately 4 hours per month.
- You don’t need experience to join, but you do need to be able to attend meetings, come in for extra projects, and work well independently and with the rest of the team.
- It’s okay if you go on vacation or are less involved one month than the other. Missing here and there is fine, but not for a lengthy period. Refer to the TAB Participation Agreement at the bottom of this page.
- If you don’t know, join and test it out.
What are some TAB specific projects?
- Planning and implementing the annual Teen Murder Mystery
- Representing library teens and TAB at Youth Network, City Council meetings, community fairs
- Facilitating and sustaining Teen Central activities (at Central Library) such as monthly game days, book clubs, crafts,
- Library system-wide / community teen programs and initiatives like the Teen Mental Health Initiative, Summer Reading
- Advises staff and pilots programs and services for teens
- Establishing a new video game and board game lending collection
What do I gain from being on TAB? If you are active for at least two continuous years, you’ll gain insight and experience in complex planning and organization, including some basic understanding of City level policies on finance procedures and budgeting. You’ll explore creative, practical, and innovative applications of various ideas. You’ll balance working in teams and individually, practice creative problem solving, and how to be more inclusive. Sometimes members help create new lending collections, write grants, select furniture, books, and games. Most members also get to facilitate, instruct, or lead a library program.
What is TAB’s mission and vision?
Teen Advisory Board’s mission is to provide teens in the community with support through educational and entertaining events, opportunities, and resources, while closing the achievement gap and preparing teens for a successful and fulfilling life.
The vision for TAB membership is for every member to be an effective leader. The goal for every TAB member is to lead or facilitate a library program or initiative.
Does TAB have a strategic plan? Yes. [see Youth Master Plan]
Hailey Chen, Grade 10
Hailey is a student at CSArts who is also a teen book reviewer. In her spare time she likes to read, draw, or find a new anime to binge watch while snacking. If she isn’t found doing any of those activities you could find her playing piano or bumping the occasional volleyball.
Jasmine Sov, Grade 12
Jasmine is a student at Pasadena High School and also a Pasadena Library Book Reviewer. She enjoys reading, writing, and singing. She particularly enjoys reading realistic fiction and everything involving food.
TAB activities: In less than a year as a member, Jasmine has already contributed to the Youth Network and led her own program. She created our first origami instructional video which you can view on our YouTube page. The origami video along with several others are part of a series that are featured along with one of our Take and Make kits. Before joining the Teen Advisory Board, Jasmine was a member of the Young Readers League Selection Committee.
Vivien Su, Grade 12
Vivien Su is a student at Marshall Fundamental School. She likes Psychology and Math. During her free time she enjoys video games and solving puzzles like Rubik’s cubes. Her favorite book series is Welcome to Night Vale. She has been on TAB for 3 years.
Leo Sugiyama, Grade 12
Leo is a student at Loyola High School where he enjoys running cross country and track. He also enjoys reading. His favorite book series is Percy Jackson.
TAB activities: In less than a year of joining TAB, Leo assisted in developing a program and contributed a video for the library which can be viewed on our YouTube page.
Lilian Su, Grade 10
Lilian Su is a student at Marshall Fundamental School. Her favorite subject is English. Outside of school, her hobbies include digital art and video editing. Her favorite music genre is electronic Vocaloid music. She joined TAB during the summer of 2022.
Sam Torres, Grade 12
Sam is a senior at Immaculate Heart High School. She loves thrift shopping, writing, and listening to music in her room (but even more in concerts). Of course, she also spends hours reading books of all genres, but her favorites are contemporary fiction and essay collections.
Kaelin Lee, Grade 11
Kaelin Lee is a sophomore at CSArts and loves writing, puzzles, fashion, and all things panda related. When she’s not overly rewatching Friends, movies are playing in her head about the books she’s reading. She enjoys reading anything fiction, but mainly romance and fantasy.
Daniel Huang, Grade 12
Daniel Huang is a 17-year-old senior in high-school attending Sierra Canyon. He enjoys hanging out with friends and playing basketball in his free time.
Xenya is a student at Marshall Fundamental School. She enjoys completing word search puzzles, listening to music, and writing. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
Edwin Abledu, Grade 11
Teen Advisory Board is directed by Youth Services Librarian Ernesto Covarrubias.
TAB makes up approximately 15% of Pasadena Public Library’s Teen Volunteer Program. TAB facilitates:
- Monthly YA Book Club
- Monthly Teen Writers Meetup
- Monthly STEAM workshops for kids as teens
- Quarterly movie discussion nights
- Annual Murder Mystery
- Annual Summer Reading program
- Annual Summer party
- Annual levelUP Youth Leadership Conference
- Annual winter series events
- Weekly Game Days
- Weekly Innovation Lab
In addition to facilitating and implementing events, TAB also contributes to (or has representation in):
- Monthly Youth Network
- Annual Mental Health Day and Teen Mental Health Initiative
- Annual Pasadena Loves YA teen book festival
- Annual Young Readers League
- Kids & Teens art and writing contest judging
TAB periodically reviews and contributes to teen library resources including:
- Young Adult book and media collections
- Teen Web Guide
- Teen Book Recommendations List
- Teen Zine
- Teens Blog
Members of TAB are also responsible for creating:
TAB Participation Agreement
- The first three months is a probation period; new TAB members may not miss any meetings.
- A TAB applicant must be at least 13 years old and no more than 17 years old.
- All TAB members must, during their time on the board, lead at least a portion of a library teen program.
- A TAB member may not miss more than three consecutive meetings in a school year, excused or unexcused. Three non-consecutive excused absences per school year may be allowed. A TAB member may not miss more than 50% of the meetings in a school year (also excused or unexcused). If a member has an absence, they must participate in the email threads, or stay engaged in some way.
- A TAB member must turn in pre-meeting assignments by the midnight before the meeting.
- Each TAB Chair will keep track of their workgroup tasks via an online database or method to be determined.
- Each TAB member must contribute to workgroup assignments as determined by the Chair of the group or supervisor.
Excused absences are circumstances such as family emergencies, family trips, sports games, illness, or transportation issues. Other extenuating circumstances are access issues (no internet/computer at home), unstable housing, or unstable environments. TAB members must contact Ms. Jane in cases of missed meetings or lateness.
TAB Participation Agreements were approved and adopted by Teen Advisory Board 2017 and amended in 2020.