New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library

New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library

New on the Shelf: Teens in the Library (24 pages, PDF), published by Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, summarizes key findings from the Evaluation of Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development, a Wallace Foundation initiative. The report points out that library-based youth development programs can provide specific job skills and personal and social development for teens, give them opportunities to develop positive relationships with adults and peers, and increase their knowledge and use of the library. Libraries benefit from the improved skills of staff who work with youth; having teen employees provide support services to staff; and connecting to a larger network of youth organizations and policy discussions.