In every public library in Virginia, quality library service to young adults is provided by a staff that understands and respects the unique informational, educational and recreational needs of teenagers. Equal access to information, services and materials is recognized as a right not a privilege. Young adults are actively involved in the library decision-making process. The library staff collaborates and cooperates with other youth-serving agencies to provide a holistic, community-wide network of activities and services that support healthy development.
What Public Libraries Do
Nurture Teen Literacy
Teen Read Week: Work to increase the number of teens who are skilled and avid readers through this and other initiatives.
Promote Teen Literature
Librarians are experts at matching the right books to the right teen. Ask them to recommend a good book that are appropriate for you teen’s age, maturity level and reading ability.
Foster Digital Literacy
Teen Tech Week: The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially those that are offered through libraries.
What You Can Do
Lead by example: Let your teen see you reading and visit the library often
Share books show you care. Talk about what you read and listen to thier comments
Keep books, graphic novels, and other reading materials around your home. Save money by using your Library to check our or down load ebooks, and magazines.
Empower your teens: Let them select books that speak to thier interest and hobbies.
Make sure your teen has transportation to the Library to attend program and access services.
Provide a quiet space in your home for reading and study.
Listen to audio books together when traveling.
Don’t forget that reading should be fun, as well as educational. Let your teen choose some lighter reading that is not required for school.