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Alicia Subnaik Kilgour – Children & Teen Services Supervisor. Lindsay Shaw – Teen Services Assistant. COLLINGWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY. MISSION: POSSIBLE. how to run & fund successful teen programs. THE TEAM. Alicia Subnaik Kilgour Children’s and Teen Services Supervisor Library Technician

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Alicia Subnaik Kilgour – Children & Teen Services Supervisor

Lindsay Shaw – Teen Services Assistant



how to run & fund successful teen programs



  • Alicia Subnaik KilgourChildren’s and Teen Services Supervisor
  • Library Technician
  • Has worked at the CPL for 13 years
    • Started as a volunteer while in college (Business Admin. – Marketing).
    • Position came up at CPL in the PR/Fundraising Department and rest is history.
    • PR/Fundraising Department – 3 years
    • Last 10 years in Children’s and Teen Services
  • Currently a member of the OPLA – Child and Youth Services Committee.
  • Lindsay ShawTeen Services Assistant
  • Has worked at the CPL for 4½ years
    • Started as a summer student running teen programs
    • Covered Maternity Leave for Children’s and Teen Services Supervisor
    • Offered Contract for Teen Services/Public Services Assistant
    • Fulltime Teen Services Assistant since Fall 2007


  • Collection

B) Space

Before & After

C) Staff

  • Examine your collection.
  • Weed!
  • Commit budget and staff time
  • Collection development.


  • Create a designated space for teens.
    • Safe, welcoming environment.
  • Where are the dollars going to come from?
    • Sponsorship
      • Service Clubs (Optimist Club)
      • Businesses
    • Donations
you never know unless you ask
You never know unless you ask!
  • Assess your needs.
  • Be Specific
  • 4 beanbags = $459.95 (4 chairs @ $99.99 + tax)Magazine Holder = $67.85 (8 pocket wall mount + tax)Display Easels = $112.13 (10 small @ $2.50, 10 medium @ $4.50, 5 large @ $5.50 + tax)Nintendo Wii = $321.99 (console only + tax)

Grand Total = $961.92

Additions: Signage and table with a glass top to bring the total to $1500.


  • Commit resources
  • Staff time
    • Summer student
    • Grants
      • Young Canada Works (YCW)

      • Canada Summer Jobs

  • Budget for collection and programming.


  • People/groups with similar goals
  • Schools
    • Teacher-Librarian
    • Teacher
    • Principals
  • Business


  • Service Clubs
  • Government Grants
  • Local Businesses and organizations
  • Library Strategic Development Fund (LSDF)
  • ~~**Get connected**~~
our mission
Our Mission
  • The Collingwood Public Library and TRACKS, have formed a partnership to deliver services to teens and young adults in our community; especially those “at risk.” Our partnership will enable us to achieve common goals and enhance service delivery to young people in our community.
  • We will use arts and culture as the vehicle to “reach” teens and deliver our programs and services.

“The ability to engage and motivate children and youth from all socioeconomic levels in education and community is a well respected strength of arts and culture.” (Creative City Network of Canada 2005. Personal and social development of children and youth.)

  • It is evident that art programmes have a positive effect on teens; and consequently help build self-esteem and positive assets in young people. In essence, these positive attributes help us build better, stronger communities.
  • Promote and market the library and library services to teens, especially those at-risk.

Project Objectives

  • To promote arts and culture to teens and deliver these services in a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Space for teens to hang their art, create art (designated graffiti wall space).
  • Space to have music jam sessions, battle of the bands, record their songs, perform for library patrons, poetry slams, and open mike nights.
  • Promoting youth ownership of their space. Giving them responsibility for maintaining their space (rotation of artwork), keeping it clean and fundraising to ensure sustainability.

Project Objectives

  • Creating partnerships to deliver more programs and services to teens in the library.
  • To create a place where youth can enjoy numerous creative, educational and constructive activities in a safe environment, while allowing them opportunities for exploration and growth.
  • To make this space free and accessible to all, despite socioeconomic barriers.
  • To enhance and expand public library service to young adults, while offering educational opportunities for students, by promoting a library card for every student.

Project Objectives

  • To create a Youth Advisory Committee that will permit young adults to offer advice regarding the purchase of material, programs and services.
  • To develop art and pop culture workshops for teens.
  • To expand our Tutoring for Literacy program.
  • To develop additional homework and reading help programs for children and teens.

Where to Start

  • Be adventurous & creative
  • Ask the teens (TAG)
  • Visit other libraries (you can go virtually anywhere)
  • Do what you already know
  • Try new things, but know your stuff!
  • Pop Culture
  • Dust yourself off & try again :D
  • Start simple… then go BIG
  • Doesn’t have to be literacy related!



The Word on the Street

  • Advertising
    • Word of mouth
    • High schools (teachers/librarians/newsletters)
    • Local shops (ie. pita pit)
    • Make a display
    • E-newsletter
    • Posters

Posters / Marketing

  • Ontario Library Services North
  • Delivers Marketing Services (collaboration with SOLS)
  • Logos / Brochures / Bookmarks / Posters
  • FREE! (except for printing)
  • Public Domain Images
  • Microsoft Clipart
  • Creative Commons

SAMPLE PROGRAMSliteracy tutoring

  • elementary school students struggling with literacy are paired with high school students
  • high school students can earn volunteer hours
  • program has received enormous positive feedback from parents who have seen their children develop an interest in reading, and higher marks in school


Cranberry Youth Project

  • Partnership with Cranberry Resort
  • Training for tutors
  • High school students paired with grade 7 & 8 students (recommended by teachers)
  • 12 week homework help program
  • Graduation dinner & awards

SAMPLE PROGRAMSreading clubs

Provincial reading incentive program

Sponsored by OLA & TD Financial

- 10 Canadian-authored books

- Readers choose the winner

- Reading clubs @ the library!


Thank you!!

Alicia –

Lindsay –



Skateboard Workshop

- The Glass Kids

Screenprinting Workshop

- Rob Matejka

Leadership Building Workshop

- Christy Deere

Breakdancing Workshops

- Ground Illusionz

- Street Dance Academy

Graphic Novel Workshop

- Bob Kain (contact info available upon request)

Arts & Crafts / Art Therapy Workshops

- Lynda Smith (contact info available upon request)