The Library Squad: Tweens in the Public Library

  • Alec Chunn Eugene Public Library
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Abstract

Though tween services in libraries are far from new, there is surprisingly very little written about them. Unlike early literacy, which is undoubtedly the most common priority amongst librarians serving youth, tween services might seem like the newest passing trend. Some libraries have dedicated tween librarians who not only offer tween-specific programs but curate tween collections. Other libraries offer combination tween and teen programs. At the downtown Eugene Public Library, tween programs fall under the umbrella of school-age programming for youth ages six to twelve. Trend or not, youth services staff have excitedly begun to delve more deeply into this often forgotten stage.

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Author Biography

Alec Chunn, Eugene Public Library

Alec Chunn is a Youth Services Librarian at the downtown Eugene Public Library, where he coordinates school-age programming. His favorite part about librarianship was doing storytime — until he started working with tweens. Storytime still goes on at home, where Alec reads aloud to his partner or his cats (they’re pretty good listeners). When he’s not reading at all, Alec likes to try new hobbies and quickly abandon them.

Published
2020-07-13
How to Cite
Chunn, A. (2020). The Library Squad: Tweens in the Public Library. OLA Quarterly, 25(4), 15-19. https://doi.org/10.5399/osu/1093-7374.25.04.04