Hello! My name is Lorraine Squires, and I am the Head of Teen Services at a large public library on Long Island, NY.
We work with what I think of as the 'forgotten suburban kids' - we're 2 hours by train to NYC, and most of the teens who come in to the library have never been there. They're poor or lower-middle-class, they don't necessarily have plans for college or a career, and there's very little around here to attract their attention/interest - no big industry, no cultural institutions - just fast food and big box retailers.
I'm looking to learn how to create programs with and for the teens here that will expand their horizons and give them a chance to build a better environment for themselves and their peers. I also want to learn how to understand and communicate what we need, what's working, and how.