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RE: Handling Larger Teen Council  Harrigan, Dymphna
 Oct 19, 2011 14:03 PDT 
That's a good question. My total number of teen volunteers is 89, but I
rarely get more than 15 to 25 at the monthly meeting. A lot depends on
the dynamics of the group which changes depending who shows up. I
usually stick to the agenda and try to get input. I also keep the
agenda as short as possible. I pass around signup sheets for upcoming
events, since that is usually the main focus anyway.

At my yearly meeting where I get upwards of 50 teens, I try to keep it
to a minimum. I send out the for which I use to make schedules a few
weeks before, and at the meeting, I just feed them, introduce them to
the theme, and collect their schedules.

The larger the group, the more difficult it is. The better you know the
kids, however, the easier it gets. I've even put a few of the high
school boys in time outs.

Don't know that this will help, but at least you know you're not alone.

Dymphna Harrigan, Teen Librarian
Danbury Library
170 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 797-4528 Fax (203) 796-1677

From: Rhonda Franz [mailto:rfr-@saclibrary.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 6:43 PM
To: taga-@topica.com
Subject: RE: {TAGAD-L} Handling Larger Teen Council

From: Allison Jenkins [mailto:cherry-@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 3:41 PM
To: taga-@topica.com; ya-y-@ala.org
Subject: {TAGAD-L} Handling Larger Teen Council

Hey everyone,

Our teen council is now in its third year. Our group's size over the
years has varied from 5 to 15, but has always been on the smaller side.

In the past few months, our group has doubled in size (and I have lost
my co-sponsor for our group), so it's just me and a large group of VERY
social, talkative teens. I have always kept meetings fairly informal
with time for socializing at the beginning, and then we have an agenda
we work our way through.

But with our group's new size, I'm having trouble keeping them focused
and have to keep steering them back to the topic. Also, they have a
tendency to keep talking over one another, which results in frustration.

I asked them for suggestions of different ways to run the meetings, but
they had no real concrete ideas in mind. I want to make sure everyone
has a chance to speak up and be heard in the meetings--rather tha n
talking over one another.

Any suggestions that have worked with larger teen advisory groups? Any
and all input would be greatly appreciated!



Allison Jenkins
Teen Services Librarian
Irving Public Library
801 W. Irving Blvd
Irving, TX 75060

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