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Featured Teen Advisory Board: Athmar Park Branch Library

April 3, 2019 - 3:03pm -- angela
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Photograph of several Athmar Teen Advisory Board members sitting at the welcome table for the Athmar Art Show
Photograph of plush food created by the kids at Athmar Park Branch Library
Photograph of a bunch of photos of projects and people hanging up at the Athmar Park Branch Library

Featured Teen Advisory Board: Athmar Park Branch Library

The 12th Annual Athmar Park Art Show was held on March 27, 2019 and the theme was "Athmar Market." The art show features art created by kids in the After School is Cool program. The show is planned, installed and hosted by the Athmar Teen Advisory Board (TAB). The Athmar TAB has worked hard to make this program a success for 12 years, and the kids and the community love this event! Check out some of the photos from this year's event.

You may be wondering what a Teen Advisory Board is and what exactly they do. A TAB is a group of teens who meet regularly to give librarians guidance about better serving teens, come up with library program ideas, and work on other ideas for their unique community. Each meeting is different depending on the goals of the TAB. Being part of a TAB lets you get to know library staff, other teens using the library, and really make a difference to YOUR library and the people that use it. There are usually snacks and it looks great on your college application and resume!

What other kinds of things have TABs at Denver Public Library worked on? The Athmar TAB has worked on many projects over the years including a book club, two graffiti murals, after-hours teen events like Nerf gun battles, and providing input on the Summer of Adventure program. TABs at other Denver Public Library locations have hosted after-hours teen events like murder mystery parties, done book spine poetry, filmed book reviews, and planned escape rooms! But it's not just big events. TAB members can help libraries decide on what types of books and magazines the library should have, what kind of programs would be most interesting and valuable to teens, or just be there to talk, have fun, and support each other.

Interested? Ask your location if they have a Teen Advisory Board and get involved!