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Teens sought for new library panel
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Forsyth County News

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Students in sixth- through 12th grade are encouraged to attend the first meeting of the Teen Advisory Board at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Cumming Library. For more information, visit

Forsyth County’s public library system is looking for sixth- through 12-graders interested in joining its Teen Advisory Board.

Program manager Laura Bradley said the new panel, which will have its first meeting Jan. 16 at the Cumming Library, is recruiting “innovative and energetic students who are interested in developing their leadership skills and who want to impact their community.”

Board members will be tasked with suggesting, planning and promoting programs for teenagers, as well as finding initiatives to make the libraries more teen friendly.

According to Bradley, the program will not only encourage leadership and lifelong library support, but will provide staff “an opportunity to foster deeper relationships” with teenagers.

Libraries nationwide have found it challenging to develop popular programs for teens, Bradley added.

“We have teen book clubs and programs usually once a month, but we’re hoping to really hone in on what interests the local teens and use our time and resources more wisely to provide programs that will be more well-attended,” she said. “We have been informally polling our patrons and a lot of the teens are very interested.”

Bradley said students who participated in the Teen Team summer program received personal invitations to take part. She is also working with the school system to recruit more students.

In addition to free pizza, there is the added incentive of community service credit that participants can earn for attending meetings.