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NCompass Live: Teen Summer Camps: Challenging Traditional Programming for Teens - Online 


Library camps provide us with opportunities to make meaningful connections with teens during the months when they are most difficult to reach. In previous years, teen program attendance was extremely low, reaching less than fifty teens. It was time to make a change. Cedar Rapids Public Library offered free teen camps for ages 12 to 18 at both of our library locations and offsite with residential facilities, providing access by removing barriers financially and physically. Focused on creativity, teamwork, and fun, our project based learning camps covered subjects from writing to making escape rooms. Each camp is unique in its theme, but the implementation is similar for each. Teamwork and social skills layered with fun activities and productivity allow for dual purpose learning. While exploring and designing, teens were also learning communication skills, cooperation, and problem solving techniques. Library camps allowed teens freedom to create and share. Teens left camp feeling accomplished and excited about their work. Librarians left knowing teens achieved more than a digital trophy.

This session will focus on our findings from the past three years, how the camps were created and how we’ve adapted. We will discuss ways to scale the camps to best fit in your libraries. During the session, we will look at team building exercises the campers went through and the collaborative processes put in place to encourage teamwork. You will have a chance to view completed projects from the teens, including their board games and escape rooms. We will discuss the benefits of immersive learning, with teens leading as innovators. It’s time for teen programs to be more responsive and uncover teens’ potential as creators, inventors, and collaborators. Challenge traditional summer programming for teens!

Presenter: Molly Garrett, Librarian, Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am - 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A - Nebraska - Lincoln.

Sessions are recorded for anyone who may want to see them again or who cannot attend them at the scheduled time. Registration is not required to view the archived recordings.

NCompass Live is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions are sent to registered attendees after registration for a session has closed. The Registration End date is listed on each session page, but usually closes on the Monday night before the date of the session. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones. 

Class Format
Date Time
3/18/2020 10am - 11am  (Central Time)
No Charge
Molly Garrett
CE Hours
Capacity Available Seats
1000 990
Registration Starts Registration Ends
3/11/2020 3/16/2020
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission
Registration Closed