TAG Updates: July

Next Meeting: TAG Summer Party on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 form 6:30-7:30PM
Goals: FUN

This last Wednesday, July 27, 2016, we started the Teen Advisory Group Meeting at 6:30PM. Over 10 volunteers were in attendance. We completed surveys for the fall program line-up. Hannah brought up a a possible game-lending service that works only on PC and Android, but it was shot down by the survey results.

The Super Smash Bros. Tournament was approved and will occur on August 17. Fall volunteer opportunities will include Teens Teach Kids and technology training at Crane’s Mill.

Big news: Hannah is looking into purchasing Augmented Reality services for the library via the Zappar App! This means we will be able to link resources to an image that can be scanned with the Zappar App, post video reviews directly on a book, and link books to other books just like it.

We filmed a video for the AR. Check out the librarian’s samples below!

Survey Results:

Best Days and Times for Events:

  • Weekdays from 6:30-7:30PM (Wednesday best)
  • Saturday afternoons.

Most Popular September Events:

  • Nerd Night on Wednesday, September 21
  • Coding Club
  • Hogwarts Sorting Ceremony

Most Popular October Events:

  • Tim Burton Movie Night
  • Pokemon/Digimon Binge Day
  • Cosplay Workshop
  • Fantasy Author Visit

Most Popular November Events:

  • Write Nights
  • International Games Day
  • Short Story Competition

Most Popular December Events:

  • Paint the Night
  • DIY Day
  • Star Wars Movie Night

Most Popular January Event:

  • Caldwells Teen Culture Con

TEEN ADVISORY GROUP MEETING MINUTES: MAY

Next Meeting: June 29, 2016 from 6:30-7:30PM
Goals: Bookface Instagram challenge, Snapchat starter, updates on furniture, Summer Reading Design Challenge, painting prep

See What’s Happening for Summer Here: Summer Events

This last Wednesday, May 25, 2016, we started the Teen Advisory Group Meeting at 6:30PM. Over 11 volunteers were in attendance. We passed out surveys and Summer Reading Information. Hannah gave updates on the new YA computers (Raspberry Pi 3 with Linux software), furniture (which we completed a survey for), and the results of Mrs. Lincoln’s class projects. We had a representative from Mrs. Lincoln’s class give a brief overview of the project that we chose, starting a Youth Friends of the Library Group to fundraise for programs and renovations.

Surveys were completed and the volunteers finished making the Life-Size Monopoly Board Game for the summer. We chose what would be included in the Summer Reading Prize Baskets. Then we broke for free time, played Superfight and watched clips from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Survey Results:

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Decorations for the YA Area
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Furniture for the YA Area
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Future Maker and STEM Programs

Teen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes: April

Next Meeting: Wednesday, May 25 from 6:30-7:30pm

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OMG, What Just Happened

We approved Summer Reading ideas. We cut out awesome Cinco de Mayo take-home crafts for the local kids. We talked advertising. We talked volunteering. We played Pictionary.

Nothing to Do

Summer Reading Challenge

Read 5 books in 5 weeks to be entered to win REALLY PRETTY BASKETS full of free stuff, including movie tickets, DVDs, Video Games, and vouchers for free food from local restaurants. And possibly a FitBit. Double-check with me on that.

Summer Reading Activities

Kick-Off Lock-In: June 30 from 8-10pm
An epic scavenger hunt, library olympics, and minute-to-win-it Banned Olympic Games. Grades 6+

From Fiction to Flavor: Begins July 6. Every Wednesday from 4-5pm.
Read a book a week and make food from the book. What could go wrong? Grades 7-12

Smash-Makers: Begins July 8. Every Friday from 4-5pm.
Make something new every week, from SMASHbooks to radios to live-action Apps. Grades 7-12

Throwback Thursday Movie Night: TBA
We just came up with this idea. Message me on Remind for details. Ages 13 and up.

Books for Brains: Begins July 7. Every Thursday from 3-4pm.
Read a book a week and build something really, really awesome. Like robots. Or ant farms. Grades 4-6

Summer Reading Volunteering

Teens Teach Kids
Training days are May 13 from 4-5pm, May 20 from 4-5pm, and May 27 from 2-3pm. Email me at ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org to register your day.
Program begins June 10 from 3-4pm. Teach kids in grades K-3 to read and write. This will meet every week on a Friday throughout the summer.

Teen Advisory Group
NEW RULE: You must be part of Teen Advisory Group to volunteer this summer. Deadline for Volunteer Applications is June 30. Complete Your Application Here.

Teen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes: March

This month, we had TWO Teen Advisory Group Meetings: a special event meeting on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:00PM – 7:30PM and our regular meeting Tuesday, March 15 from 6:30PM – 7:30PM.

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, we met early to catch up on what has been going on at the library and do a littleBits training session. Nearing 7:00 PM, we went over who would attend the Board of Trustees meeting and some of what we would say.

Special notice is given to the four volunteers who stayed for the meeting and brought up the issue of the teen space to the Board of Trustees. Thanks to their attendance, the Board confirmed that in the next several years, the Borough Hall will be moving and leave the entire current building for the library to grow. The Board also confirmed a direct line of action to improve the current teen area, which includes providing computers and eliminating shelving to create a sitting area in that space.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, we had four new TAG members join! We started work on the life-sized Monopoly game, and ended by modifying littleBits creations and making a Water Piano out of a Makey-Makey and Scratch programming language.

It is thanks to these volunteers who followed up with assisting on March 19th that we were able to host NJ Makers’ Day in spite of our head coordinator’s recent illness. You guys rocked!

Upcoming Events:

All April:
National Poetry Month Contest
Find out more here

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
5:30PM – 7:30PM
High School Musical Movie and Trivia Night

Saturday, April 9, 2016
2:00PM – 3:30PM
PrankShop for grades 8-12

Thursday, April 14, 2016
6:30PM – 7:30PM
Doctor Who Night

Friday, April 15, 2016
12:00PM – 3:00PM
Pancake Bake with a 1:00PM showing of “Brooklyn”

Next Teen Advisory Group Meeting:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
6:30PM – 7:30PM
We will be judging the National Poetry Month Entries at this time and approving Summer Events.

Teen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes: 2/16/16

Update:

Due to the director’s invitation to attend the March 9, 2016 Board Meeting at 7:00PM, we will now have an early TAG Meeting that day at 6:00PM. Please RSVP if you can attend! The March 15 date still stands, as we have prep to do for our Life-Size Monopoly Game.

Back to Regular Scheduled Programming…

Our second TAG meeting started with quick re-introductions and some new items. There are now three different ways you can earn volunteer hours:

  1. You can attend TAG Meetings. This will give you 1 hour a month.
  2. You can take home a copy of a review journal and pick out which books you want the library to buy. This will give you 2 volunteer hours.
  3. You can post a book/movie/video game review here on the website. This will give you 30 minutes per a post.

There is a special event series coming up in March pairing Teen Tech Week with NJ Makers’ Day. It is…

Drum roll, please?

Teen Tech Week

What are littleBits? Robot parts, simple circuits, boom-box bits, you name it. You can see an example of it powering a robot on the WCPL’s Facebook page.

The training is for anyone interested in the tech. The littleBits Factory program is for volunteers who attended the training program to show off their skills. In order to receive volunteer hours for March 19, you must attend the training session on March 10.

Please contact me at ya@westcaldwell.bccls.org if you need a second option for training.

We discussed future changes in the YA section of the library. See below for an unofficial “Best Case Scenario” below. The white circles are dry-erase tables and the blue-wave rectangle is an area rug.

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More recent updates include the addition of the table, a soon-to-be-added bulletin board, and the painting of the far-right corner wall with blackboard paint. We will be checking the port to see if computers can be added next!

We finished by going over the positives and negatives of the more recent Deadpool program and how we can increase our advertising to the high school. We also went over the new Books and Battles program starting in March.

Talk to me if you want a character specially made for you!

Next TAG Meeting will be Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 6:30PM-7:30PM.

Teen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes: 1/28/16

We kicked off the Teen Advisory Group meeting on Wednesday, 1/28/16 with food and introductions. The following people were present:

  • Sophie
  • Hunter
  • Tiffany
  • Kaitlyn
  • Olivia
  • Vincent
  • Jordan
  • Hannah

The new Teen Librarian, Hannah, showed off an epic failure of an attempted Valentine’s Decoration, passed out the Teen Volunteer Survey to be completed, and proceeded to introduce the upcoming programs for the month of February. They include the following:

  • Anti-Valentine’s Day Chocolate Madness with a Deadpool theme on Friday, February 12, 2016, from 4pm-6pm
  • Time Trouble Trivia Challenge with a Doctor Who theme on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 2pm-4pm with Doctor Who games and snacks and time-travel themed trivia questions.

The Anti-Valentine’s Day program was approved. Recommendations on the chocolate to be eaten were taken. The Trivia program was approved, but with some complaint of it being on a Saturday.

Hannah then introduced the program ideas for the upcoming few months.

Upcoming Programs for Teens:

  • March 3: College Prep Workshop (6:30-7:30pm, Meeting Room)
  • March 10: Apocalypse Prep (4-5pm, Meeting Room)
  • March 12: ACT practice (10am-2pm, Meeting Room)
  • March 15: Teen Advisory Group (6:30-7:30pm, Meeting Room)
  • March 19: Upcycle Craft (2-4pm, Main Space)
  • Month of April: Poetry Contest, 2 sections (Grades 5-8 and Grades 9-12)
  • Weekly Wednesday Night Open Class: Write Night (6-8pm, Main Space)
  • April 5: High School Musical Movie Night and Trivia (5:30-7:30pm, Meeting Room)
  • April 9: PrankShop (2-4pm, Main Space)
  • April 14: Pancake Bake (12pm-1pm, Meeting Room)
  • April 19: Teen Advisory Group (6:30-7:30pm, Meeting Room)
  • April 30: NSAT Practice Test (10am-2pm, Meeting Room)
  • May 7: Zentopia (10am-12pm, Meeting Room)
  • May 17: Teen Advisory Group (6:30-7:30pm, Meeting Room)
  • May 21: NSAT Practice Test (10am-2pm, Meeting Room)
  • May 30: Let’s Go Fly a Kite, kite-building activity (12pm-2pm)
  • Month of June: Teens Teach Kids Program on Fridays (3-4pm, Main Space)
  • June 4: ACT Practice Test (10am-2pm, Meeting Room)
  • June 13-15: Study Nights (Meeting Room)
  • June 21: Teen Advisory Group (6:30-7:30pm, Meeting Room)

It was decided that the High School Musical Movie Night and Trivia would be limited to grades 7 and up. The Upcycle Craft would have prizes awarded to the most “creative” final product. The Kite-Building activity would be limited to grades 5-9. There was some back and forth about the timing of the PrankShop activity, but since most people who are involved in the Musical would not be able to attend anything prior to April 5th, it stayed the same. The Apocalypse Prep night would include activities from The 5th Wave.

New ideas brought to the table were the possibility of having an Anti-Prom Netflix Night in May, a Poetry Slam in April, and a Summer Reading Kick-off Lock-In with attached Scavenger Hunt, Bad Karaoke Contest, and Bad Movie Night. There was also some interest in the Teens Teach Kids program starting in June and the possibility of having “mini-events” every other week that would involve some drop-in activity. Ideas for this are TBA.

We then discussed the changes to be made to the current Teen Area. Next month, Hannah will bring image designs to be approved and we will work on a presentation to share with the Board of Trustees in May or June.

In general, it was a hilarious night and we ended by making a CubeCraft.

Next meeting will be Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 6:30pm-7:30pm.

And there will be Stop & Shop popcorn and water bottles!

Teen Advisory Group Meeting 1/27/2016

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Click here to view the event on our online calendar
Do you have ideas on how to make the library a better place for teens? Sign-up for the Teen Advisory Group and let your voice be heard!
Once a month, we get together, have some snacks, and talk about ideas for library events and what books, DVDs, manga, or music you’d like to see the library purchase.
The Teen Advisory Group is only open to teens in grades 6-12. All members of the group receive community service hours.
What are you waiting for? Sign-up today!
Download this PDF to complete the application: TAG Application

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