Last fall a group of teens who regularly use the Solon Public Library took steps to unite and organize a board aimed at the interests of middle and high school students. Under the direction of Deena Foss, youth services coordinator, the group of teens created a five-person Teen Advisory Board (TAB), whose main goal is to encourage teens to enjoy the library. Planning to meet once per month, this energetic board has met several times a month to get the organization off the ground.
Currently, the group has a teen blog up and running on the library website, where great book reviews can be found. They also encourage library use and help organize and prepare programs.
In January, TAB created a life-sized Candy Land board game. Forty-nine kids along with an assortment of parents and chaperones enjoyed participating in the fun. TAB recruited additional teenage help resulting in a great afternoon of fun for everyone. Frosted cookies and many candy treats were enjoyed along the way.
TAB is also bringing “Final Fridays Cafe” to the library on the last Friday of the month from January through May. Students and adults can come after school to meet their friends from 3:30 until 4:45 p.m. and enjoy a casual time of conversation and refreshments. Hot chocolate, coffees, teas, cookies and other treats will be offered for a small fee. January’s raffle was a beautiful “Death By Oreo Cake” made by TAB’s very own A. J. Ressler. You’ll want to get in on the February raffle for Rachel Haugland’s yummy “Devil Dogs” (mini chocolate cakes).
The charter members of the Solon Public Library TAB are A. J. Ressler, Brittany Kienholz, Rachel Haugland, Hannah Turkal and Ally Harrelson-Crowell. Expect more fun to be coming your way. Funding for programs and activities for Teen Advisory Board is provided by Todd and Julie Hauser with memorials for their son, Nick.