It’s a Tween Thing. Presented by LuCinda Gustavson Youth Services Librarian West Jordan Library Salt Lake County Library System Adapted from a presentation by: Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D. St. Augustine Hall Library & Information Science Division, Queens Campus VOYA Editor-in-Chief
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It’s a Tween Thing
Presented by LuCinda Gustavson
Youth Services Librarian
West Jordan Library
Salt Lake County LibrarySystem
Adapted from a presentation by:
Stacy L. Creel, Ph.D.
St. Augustine Hall
Library & Information Science Division, Queens Campus
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Too old for dolls. Too young for dates.
Too old for Tonkas. Too young to drive.
Close your eyes (yes… close your eyes) and travel back..
to a time long ago; about the age of 8 to 13 or 4th to 7th grade.
Remember something you loved to do.
Remember what you wanted to be when you grew up.
Remember a time when you were embarrassed.
Remember getting into trouble.
Remember a book that meant a lot to you.
Remember going to the library.
Now take a moment to share one of those memories with the people around you.
How different were your memories from the person next to you? They may have been very different or there may have been some similarities.
There are no cookie-cutter experiences, but there are some common paths of development.
What’s going on physically?
What’s going on psychologically?
What’s going on socially?
Libraries can help tweens and early teens to successfully navigate the rocky road of adolescence by providing a wide range of materials, programs and services to meet their diverse needs and experiences.