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Teen Advisory Board September 2022

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TEEN ADVISORY BOARD

Get involved with the Library by joining our Teen Advisory Board (TAB). All 8–12 grade students are welcome. Share ideas for teen programs, discuss teen books, organize community service projects, and more. Meeting attendance will count as volunteer hours. If you are passionate about teen services, the library would love to have you join TAB!

TAB Mission

The Washington County Free Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will strive to assist with the improvement of library services for teens by:

  • Planning, implementing, and participating in teen programs
  • Creating an inviting atmosphere at the library by maintaining a safe, attractive teen area
  • Promoting ideas regarding the young adult collection
  • Promoting and encouraging reading by teens
  • Providing a forum for which teens can share ideas and improve relations between teen patrons and the library

What is TAB?

The TAB was formed to give teens the opportunity to participate in and influence teen services at the Washington County Free Library. 

Who is in TAB?

All students in grades 8-12 are welcome to join. Please fill out the Virtual TAB Application form.

When Are the Meetings?

Monthly TAB meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 5-6 pm from September-May.

How much time will it involve?

TAB will involve one hour a month for meetings and any time you choose to devote to reviews, chairing programs and committees, or other TAB activities. The time you devote to the TAB will be considered as a service to TAB, WCFL, and the greater Hagerstown Community. You will receive a letter documenting your hours and services to TAB.

What will we discuss?

TAB Meetings are dedicated to the development of services and the recruitment of teen volunteers to carry out these services. It will be up to TAB to present ideas for the Teen Summer Reading program and year-round programming. The TAB will also meet to share reviews of books, software, magazines, music, and web sites.

What are the membership requirements? 

Members must commit to a one (1) year of service to TAB (Sept. – May) and a minimum of 20 hours of service for that year.  These service hours can be met by attendance at monthly meetings during the year from September to May REQUIRED (1 hour, once a month, with up to two excused absences); AND Chairing ONE (1) Young Adult Yearly Program.

TAB members who serve for 20 hours or more will receive a surprise at our end of school year party.

Why Should You Join?

  • TAB members earn volunteer hours for attending
  • Brainstorm ideas to impact the Teen Services Department of the Library
  • Spend time with other teens planning enjoyable events
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Looks great on your resume and college applications
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