The Best Teen Library Programs
We asked some of our libraries to share their favorite teen programs. We’re excited to feature some of the most beloved programs from libraries across the country.
The first featured library is a submission from Ben Bell at Ascension Parish Library. We are excited to feature his “Teen Open Mic Night.”
Ben says then Open Mic Night is not only is this program the highest-attended teen program, but it’s actually broken attendance records across the whole library system!
Open Mic Night is an event where students can bring their instruments and sing in front of a supportive community. Each patron gets an opportunity to sing three songs. Families, friends and other adults from the community come out to join the fun and hear some new talent.
While most students played guitar, there were a few exceptions. Notably, a “Death Cab for Cutie” cover accompanied by a ukulele! Ben says “There are a lot of talented teens out there; it’s difficult to single any [one performer] out. One young woman is only in 7th grade and already has a good repertoire.”
Ben came up with the idea because there was no other performance outlet for teens to “show their stuff.” He knew an idea like this would work and be well received. He relied on his monthly teen newsletters, posters at the library, some newspaper coverage and good ole fashioned “word of mouth” to get the word out. Attendees enjoyed cookies and soft drinks, but no prizes were offered. Ben says it wasn’t needed – the draw of the open mic concept is “simply that strong.”
Parents really love the event and especially the choice of venue – the library meeting room. And the teens? They return month after month.
Because of the great success, Ben and Ascension Parish Library have made this a monthly event. We bet that next month’s attendance smashes any previously set record!
We’d love to shine the spotlight on your library’s fabulous teen program.
For more information, or to submit your event, email firstname.lastname@example.org or your client services representative.