Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G.)

What is T.A.G.?

T.A.G. is our Teen Advisory Group.  We meet every other month to hear ideas from teens.  We discuss programs and projects for teens to participate in at the library. Teens tell us what types of books and movies they'd like to see added to our library's collection.  Attending T.A.G. meetings and writing book reviews are two important ways to volunteer at the library and earn service hours. 

T.A.G. will not meet for the months of June, July, and August.  Our next T.A.G. meeting will be November 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.  We hope to see you there!

  • Meeting Minutes: Sept 7, 2017

    The Little Free Library built by the teens during our Build a Better World summer reading program will be installed with a dedication ceremony on September 30 at 2:30 p.m. at Lathrop Park located at 61 Roosevelt Drive in Painesville. We hope all teens that worked on this project (and even those who did not) can attend! Even if you can’t make the ceremony, stop by the Little Free Library and check it out. Anyone can use it by taking a book or leaving a book to share.

    During the meeting the following teen program ideas were presented:

    · More gaming nights, including traditional board games and a family game night
    · Polymer clay crafts
    · Anime club which includes watching Anime T.V. shows and discussing books
    · Cinco de mayo celebration next May
    · LGBTQ club
    · Escape Room program in January or February
    · SAT/ACT test prep programs

    It was suggested that we have more display cards by the teen books which give ideas about what to read next. Some genres we could highlight would be dystopian, romance, LGBTQ, or Science Fiction.

    Our next TAG meeting will be November 2 at 4:00 p.m. We are meeting on the first Thursday every other month in the 3rd floor Activity Room. During our next meeting, the Teen Librarian would like teens to create book displays in the Teen Corner and add books to other displays on the 3rd floor. See you then!

  • Meeting Minutes: Feb 20, 2017

    We had a great meeting and discussed many ideas for the upcoming 2017 teen summer reading program.  We talked about movies, program ideas, books, and prizes to give away.

    Teen Program Ideas:

    •    More Gaming & Movie nights--Rogue One, Transformers.
    •    More Science programs---especially about things that explode, learning more about chemistry and volcanos, etc.  Building robots or brush bots was a very popular program idea to do this summer.
    •    Cinco de Mayo celebration with food and crafts.
    •    It was recommended that teens should have a program about the eclipse which will occur in August.
    •    Teens like the idea of growing plants in the 3rd floor rotunda this summer.  Teens would like to grow tomatoes, zucchini, watermelon, basil, peppers (hot!), jalapenos,
    •    The Little Free Library also was approved by teens.  This library will be donated to the city of Painesville and hopefully placed in the square.  This project will be assisted by a local builder.
    •    Teens approved the idea of giving away prize packs (similar to themed gift baskets) at the end of the summer reading club.  Some ideas would be gamestop gift cards, PS4 games, back to school backpack filled with school supplies.  Also “Snack Packs”, and “At the Movies”
    •    Teens will have a featured table at Health Fair on Saturday, April 1.  Some health and wellness ideas to include at their table are suicide awareness, eating disorders, transgender issues,  stress busters, fun crafts, and resources.

  • Meeting Minutes: Jan 26, 2017

    We had a great meeting to kick off a new year of programming ideas for teens at the library.  A total of 7 teens attended the meeting.  We discussed prizes for the Summer Reading club, as well as program ideas.  The theme for this summer’s teen reading program is “Build a Better World”.  Teens were asked about contributing to the community and other organizations to make our world a little better.  Remember, if you can’t attend a T.A.G. meeting, please submit your suggestions to the Teen Librarian using the form on the right-hand side of this page.

    Teen Program Ideas:

    •    Gaming nights
    •    Movie nights
    •    More arts & crafts program
    •    Yoga classes
    •    Create cars using old water bottles powered by balloons.  More Science programs!
    •    A Book & Movie Club for teens.  Read books and then watch the movie together.

    Services for teens:

    There are teens requesting help with their homework, especially math.  The Teen Librarian will explore options, such as finding local tutors to meet with teens here at the library.

    Best times to meet:

    It was mentioned that Saturdays are a better time to meet.  We may add some Saturday T.A.G. meeting times beginning in May.

    How can teens volunteer:

    A few teens are interested in writing book reviews to help other teen readers looking for their next book to read.

  • Meeting Minutes: Sept 13, 2016

    Teen Program Ideas:
    •    More PS4 gaming programs
    •    Movie nights
    •    Monopoly/gaming tournaments
    •    Read-aloud author suggestions…Dean Koontz or Stephen King
    •    Pokemon Club gaming night
    •    Tie Dye shirts
    •    Watercolor
    •    Zentangle
    •    Creative writing/poetry workshops
    •    Pinterest DIY’s
    •    Lots of crafts
    •    Just Dance competition
    •    More board game nights
    Teen Services:

    •    Computers in teen corner for study/research
    •    More trash cans and signs to remind others not to drop their trash on the floor
    •    More bean bag chairs
    •    More tables and chairs for studying
    •    Put up more signs at the local schools to advertise teen programs/services
    •    Test prep courses
    •    Add bookmarks with reading suggestions, such as “If you like this book….then you’ll like…”
    How can teens volunteer:

    •    Decorate teen corner
    •    Help with Summer reading program
    •    Write book reviews

    What books and materials would you like to add to the teen collection:

    •    Dan and Phil go Outside by Phil Lester and Dan Howell
    •    Really Professional Internet Person by Jenn McAllister
    •    You-tuber books are very popular
    •    Innocence by Dean Koontz
    •    Pokemon card/trading books
    How often can teens meet for T.A.G. meetings

    •    Once or twice per month
    •    Afterschool/weekends

T.A.G. Ideas:

We welcome your ideas about teen programs, books, and other materials we should make available at Morley Library. Do you like the Teen Corner, or could we make improvements to this space?  If you are unable to attend a T.A.G. meeting, please type your ideas in the boxes below.