Minutes for Teen Advisory Group Meeting – 4/3/2018

Book Club:

  • I have 5 copies of books for this month’s book club. You need your library card to check out!
  • May: ‘coming of age’ suggestions:

    We will make suggestions at the book club meeting on April 25th.

 

Genres for Upcoming Months:

 

May: Coming of Age

June: Adventure

July: Poetry

August: Dystopian

September: Historical Fiction

October: Horror

November: Family and Relationships

December: Classics

January: Nonfiction

February: Romance

 

Upcoming Programs:

 

SAT vs. ACT- Saturday, April 7th at 1pm ****** THIS SATURDAY*******

Teen Maker Monday: Paint a Flower Pot- Monday, April 9th at 5:30pm

Card Game: 500 Rummy- Saturday, April 14th at 2pm

Write Night: Tuesday, April 17th at 6pm

Chess Club: Monday, April 23rd at 3:30pm

Teen Book Club: Wednesday, April 25th at 6PM

TAG: Tuesday, May 1st at 6PM

Wii Gaming Tournament: Saturday, May 5th at 11AM

Teen Write Night: Tuesday, May 8th at 6PM

Teen Maker Monday: Monday, May 14th at 5:30PM (NEED IDEA FOR CRAFT)
Chess Club: Monday, May 21st at 3:30PM

Marble Roller Coasters: Tuesday, May 22nd at 6PM

Board Games: Saturday, May 26th at 2PM

 

Donations:

  • 2- 4 pack family passes for floyd hall arena
  • Giants are donating an item- Won’t know what it is until May
  • 2- $10 barnes and noble gift cards
  • Kindle Fire- One of the Grand Prizes

 

Donation Suggestions:

Martial arts places

Red Mango

Nail Salons

Gelottis

iTune Gift Card

Montclair area- Playa Bowls, Doin’ Dishes, etc.

Marshells

TJ Maxx

Yankees

Mini Golf places

Flowerland

Tik Tok Diner

Bonefish

Bikeland

Edible Arrangement

Caldwell Community Center

Sports apparel stores

360 gym

Buffalo Wild Wings

Wax Museum

Broadway show

Coastal Sports

Ace hardware

Tiger Gym

Soccer Games

Absolute Zero

 

Lifesize Candyland: Thursday, June 7th 5-7PM

 

Would need volunteers from 4:30PM to 7:30PM

Can split shifts

 

“Silent” Dance Party: 2 hours is too long, make it 1.5 hours

  • Headphones

BYOH- Bring your own headphones

 

  • Playlists

Everyone would need to download Spotify to access playlists

Volunteers can share playlists for party

 

  • Games
    Ping Pong

Rock Band

 

  • Snacks

Decorate Cookies and/or cupcakes

 

Teen Led Storytime

 

Names for programs: Summer Stories or Teen Tales

 

Program will happen July 10th & 24th @ 6PM

August 14th & 28th @ 6PM

 

Storytime training will be June 19th at 6PM and June 25th at 4PM

 

Musical Movie Suggestion:

West Side Story

TAG minutes 3.20.2018

Minutes for Teen Advisory Group– 3/20/2018

 

Volunteer Opportunities

    • Crafts To-Go: Help create about 15-20 crafts each month for children.
    • Help decorate Teen Space: For each month- we can agree on the theme and get it decorated. For summer, create a music theme.
    • Adopt-A-Bookshelf- will start this up again for end of April. I will bring sign up sheet for next meeting.
    • Teen Teach Kids- will have this run throughout summer. If teens are interested in doing special storytimes for a group of children we can set something up.  
    • Posting on blog- post your work and get volunteer time! You can post short stories, poetry, book reviews, articles on programs/resources at the library.

 

  • Summer Reading Donation Letters: I need help folding, stuffing, and stamping donation letters!
  • Lifesize Candyland: We need volunteers for prepping crafts and the day of the event. I will get back with the date and times of the program!

 

 

Book Club Genres:

May: Coming of Age

June: Adventure

July: Poetry

August: Dystopian

September: Historical Fiction

October: Horror

November: Family and Relationships

December: Classics

January: Nonfiction

February: Romance

 

Useful sites for finding book recommendations:

Go to Jerseyclicks and scroll down to Novelist. From this site there are recommendations on books of all ages on each genre! Pinterest, twitter, and instagram are helpful too. If you would like more resources, email me or send me a message on remind!

 

Upcoming Programs:

Board Game Challenges this saturday at 2:30pm

SAT vs. ACT- Saturday, April 7th at 1pm

Teen Maker Monday: Paint a Flower Pot- Monday, April 9th at 5:30pm

Card Game: 500 Rummy- Saturday, April 14th at 2pm

Write Night: Tuesday, April 17th at 6pm

Chess Club: Monday, April 23rd at 3:30pm

Teen Book Club: Wednesday, April 25th at 6PM

TAG: Tuesday, May 1st at 6PM

Wii Gaming Tournament: Saturday, May 5th at 11AM

Teen Write Night: Tuesday, May 8th at 6PM

Teen Maker Monday: Monday, May 14th at 5:30PM (NEED IDEA FOR CRAFT)
Chess Club: Monday, May 21st at 3:30PM

Marble Roller Coasters: Tuesday, May 22nd at 6PM

Board Games: Saturday, May 26th at 2PM

 

New Board Games Suggestions:

Mancala

Scattergories

Exploring Kittens

Chutes and Ladders

Chess/checker board for check out

Scrabble

 

New book suggestion:

None

 

Teen Upcycle/DIY Suggestions:

 

Decorating mugs!

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
    Misc.
  •      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.

Teen Advisory Group 09.20.17

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Introductions:

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.

Closing:

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.

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.