Minutes for Teen Advisory Group Meeting – 2/20/2018

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There were 6 members at this meeting. We opened the meeting by introducing everyone!

Program Ideas for June, July, August

  • Teen Teach Kids- reading with kids and do a craft with them
  • Record Dream Catchers
  • Karaoke Night- Suggested that we do a end of the summer open mic night at the cranes park.
  • Paint Night- I have Art Kid Academy coming to do sheet music watercolor. Maybe have a ‘Bad Paint Night’ for fun.
  • Makey Makey Dance Revolution- members mentioned that they did not know what a Makey Makey was so  an introduction of the product at the next meeting will help with ideas.
  • CD Scratch Art
  • Comic Book Club
  • Escape Room- would be during the year.
  • Movie Night- show musicals!
  • Trivia Night- Music theme. New vs Old music
  • Finish the Line with Song Lyrics
  • History of Songwriting lecture

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Maker’s Day on March 10- a few members mentioned that they would be able to come to volunteer for this event.
  • Chess Club- members mentioned that they would be interested in coming to Chess Club.
  • Would like to have Adopt-a-Bookshelf take place again
  •      Do we want to keep TAG meetings going through the summer (June, July, August)?

YES! Keep TAG year round.

  •      Is anyone interested in contributing to the library blog?

Members stated that they did not know we had a blog but would love to post stuff. I need to advertise the blog more. Members can post poetry, articles, pictures, book reviews, etc.

  •      Would filling out a concert ticket for book reviews and handing them in for raffle that week seem like fun?

Submitting online is easiest. Members liked the idea of having a gift basket each week and getting the chance to win through a raffle.

  •      Do you guys use audiobooks?

No. Streaming online. From now on, I will not order anymore audiobooks for the shelves. I will only order for Axis 360.

  •   Any book suggestions to order? Video games? Graphic Novels?

No suggestions.

  •      Bookmark contest?

Yes! We can split the contest based on grades. Members of TAG can vote on bookmarks. Prizes can include within the library, such as, waive a fine, extra week for check out, etc.

  •      Craft ideas for Teen Maker Monday:

No suggestions.

We discussed starting a book club at the library. We decided to start the book club on April 25th at 6pm. The theme for this book club will be Mystery and members will bring their suggested title. We ended the meeting by eating some pizza and discussing the date for upcoming programs. Flyers of upcoming events were passed out.


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Hannah L. started the meeting with introductions and the project for the night, examples for the DIY Haunted House Contest. Each TAG member decided to make their own example Haunted House and submit them as early entries to the contest.

Old Volunteer Activities:

Volunteer activities already in place are the following:

  • Future TAG Meetings
  • Chess Club on 10/16, 11/13, 12/12
  • Linda’s Maker Programs every other Friday

New Volunteer Activities:

The attending members voted on which volunteer activities to host in the fall and each task’s frequency. Each decision was a unanimous vote.

  • Craft Prep Mondays
    • This is to occur every two weeks from 4-5PM.
  • Teens Teach Kids Tuesdays
    • To occur once a week.
    • This was changed from Fridays to Tuesdays.
    • The time was changed to 3:15-4:00PM because elementary schools do not get out until 3PM.
    • Hannah L. is to send out notifications to volunteers if no children have registered.
  • Adopt-a-Shelf Thursdays
    • This is to occur once a month from 3-6PM.
    • Volunteers must be trained to do this activity.

Outside Updates:

TAG Members informed Hannah L. that the most inconvenient times for programs and volunteer activities are Wednesdays and Fridays. When talking about social media, they said that the most popular apps are Instagram and Snapchat, with Twitter being popular in minor areas and minor Tumblr usage. There was some discussion on if cyber-bullying was still an issue online with the different apps and all agreed it happens on occasion still.

For advertising, all attending agreed that they primarily find out about programs and clubs through flyers at school. Members also said that they think it would be cool if the library partnered with the local volunteering clubs at high school. Hannah L. asked what some of the reasons for certain clubs’ popularity and most said it was the annual trips and incentives that different clubs had.

Members said that one of their favorite things that they’d like to see in the library would be more movie nights and casual ways to hang out with their friends. Holidays are a big incentive for social activities.

Library Updates:

Hannah L. shared some of the upcoming fall programs. She gave out flyers for the upcoming Halloween program, the after-hours library scavenger hunt Ghost Hunters.

Due to questions about volunteer tasks that could be put on a resume, the librarian will now assist with consultations about resume creation. Many of the volunteer tasks at the library, if done regularly, can be considered work background on a resume.


Hannah L. thanked everyone for attending. She informed them that the minutes would be posted and their haunted houses would be shared on Instagram. The group cleaned up after their projects were completed and signed out.


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Teen Summer Reading 2017

This summer, get more bank for your books! By registering for Summer Reading and recording at least 1 book starting June 20, you will be entered in a chance to win a $50.00 Visa Gift Card. The more books you read, the more chances you will have to win!

If you read 7 books in 7 weeks over the summer, you will automatically win a prize of a free 3D Print from the library. This can be anything within a 2-hour print limitation, which includes Minecraft swords, customized fidget spinners, and anything else you can dream up.

You must be a West Caldwell or Caldwell Resident going into 6th-12th grade to enter. You can start an account at https://wcplnj.beanstack.org.

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