Tonight the Trustees of the Greenwood Public Library had a rare opportunity to see the Teen Advisory Board in action. They showed up, stood up, and spoke to a room of adults about service projects that they planned and carried out at GPL. One group split into two teams and made videos to promote GPL services. Another underwent training so that they could become “Reading Buddies” for young children who need encouragement in reading. Still another group provided Steam programming to engage kids and adults alike in science and technology.
I’ve seen college students who would not have done as well. As the kids left the room, the comments from the Trustees included, “Maybe there is hope for the future after all,” “What a great group of intelligent young people,” and “There are our future . . . engineers, lawyers, architects . . .”
So, on a cold March evening, this was an event I had to share with all of you. Just in case you think libraries are irrelevant. Just in case you think teens don’t care. Just in case you had a bad day. Here are the faces of a positive future.