THERE is something for every teen at Surrey Libraries this March. Spring break programs this year include a variety of career workshops, self-defence workshops, book clubs, and more.
Library programs offer free and low-barrier access to activities for many teens and their families. Traditionally, teens may have lacked transportation to attend library events. Now that programs are offered virtually, they can participate from the safety and convenience of their homes.
Teen Programs this spring break offer a range of opportunities for teens to learn and grow, or to simply connect with other youth. Young people have been uniquely impacted socially and emotionally after a grueling year of pandemic restrictions, online learning, and self-sacrifice.
“It’s important that teens have choices,” says Kelly Lau, Teen Services Librarian. “The library is usually the last place teens want to go to, but it’s there for them if they need it. We are always prepared to do what we can to add meaning to their lives.”
For teens thinking about what to do after high school, the career and ‘Life After High School’ workshops offer real perspectives from current students and recent grads. Three book clubs are also being offered that challenge teens to get out of their comfort zone, gain new perspectives, and improve communication skills. And for teens who just want to have fun, there’s a ‘Trivia Night’ and ‘Among Us’ tournament.
Many programs like the career workshops, self-defence workshop, and ‘Club QuaranTEEN’ were ideas thought up by the Teen Library Councils (TLC). TLC members are teen volunteers from Surrey who gain leadership practice and service hours by advising the Library of meaningful services and programs for teens in their community.
All Library programs are virtual. Teens will need a phone or computer and headphones with a microphone to participate. Participants do not need a library card to register. For a complete list of teen programs and registration information, go to www.surreylibraries.ca/events. March/Spring Break program brochures are also available to pick up at any library branch.