What is Teen Leadership Council?

Teen Leadership Council is a group of teen volunteers that meets monthly to provide suggestions and input on programming, planning, and teen interests. Participants serve as an ambassador in their community and receive volunteer credit for the work that they do.

What are specific activities in which Teen Leadership Council members will participate?

Activities may include discussing books, magazines and movies, writing book reviews, exploring program ideas, and working on volunteer projects to benefit the library and the community.

How do I join Teen Leadership Council?

To join, you must fill out an application and receive acceptance. Find the application online or visit Kent Free Library to ask for a printed application at the Youth Services desk on the 2nd floor.

How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

To be eligible to join TLC, you must be:
In grades 9-12
Willing to meet once a month
Committed to meeting once a month for the entire school year
Willing to respectfully participate in discussions, activities and volunteer opportunities

When are applications due?

Applications are due by Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

When does TLC meet?

TLC will meet on the second Thursday of each month from 7-8pm. Our first meeting will be on September 8th and our last meeting of the school year will be on May 11th.

Why should I join TLC?

Teen Leadership Council offers teens the opportunity to:
Share their voices and provide input on what the library offers for teens.
Meet other teens and make new friends.
Develop leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills.
Receive volunteer credit that looks great on job, college, and scholarship applications.
Make a positive impact in their community.

To join TLC, you must agree to the following rules:

1. I will do the best I can to attend the monthly TLC meetings. If I cannot make it, I will contact the library in advance. More than two unexplained absences may result in losing membership.
2. I will be respectful, courteous and kind towards other TLC members, librarians, and library patrons. This includes listening while others speak, respectfully communicating thoughts and ideas, and refraining from making any negative, insensitive or damaging remarks. TLC is a safe space and membership will be revoked if any harmful comments or behaviors are exhibited.
3. I will show respect towards the library and its materials by leaving meeting spaces clean and tidy avoiding damaging materials, supplies or equipment.
4. During meetings, activities, and library functions, I will act in a way that reflects positively upon myself and the Kent Free Library.

Breaking one or more of these rules may result in revocation of membership status.

Questions? Email Librarian Lisa at [email protected] for more information.