Each age group of library users requires unique services and programming. Teenagers are the most under-served of all age groups, usually due to library staff’s uncertainty in providing services to a group they know (and/or remember) little about. Learn about the brain development of teenagers and how that should influence your programming and your expectations.

After completing this session participants will be able to:
1) understand the connection between teen brain development and teen behavior.
2) meet teen patrons where they are and plan appropriate programs and services for them.
3) manage their own expectations of teen patrons and teach those to their colleagues.


Original broadcast July 18, 2019 

Biography ~ April Pavis-Shroeder
April Pavis-Shroeder is a librarian and volunteer coordinator at a public library in Northern Virginia. She began working in St. Mary’s County (MD) Public Library in 2006 as a circulation associate and was soon volun-told into the position of Teen Advisory Board leader. She quickly realized how magnificent and passionate that age group was, and decided to pursue a career in teen librarianship. April and received her Masters in Library Science from the University of Maryland in December, 2010 and has worked in libraries ever since.