Date(s) - 05/30/2018
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Being a teen is difficult—your whole life is a swirl of confusion and emotion and hormones and stress. But imagine for a moment that you are a teen whose sexuality does not conform to the norms in your small, rural, Michigan town. Where would you turn for information and support and a safe space to explore who you are? The answer, of course: your local library!
But the LGBTQ+ world changes so fast, and not all of us are comfortable keeping up with it. As teen librarians, we’ve pledged to serve all the youth who come through our doors, but sometimes LGBTQ+ teens can be a challenge. What do LGBTQ+ teens need from us? How can we approach them and start conversations that mean something? What issues might we confront? Get all these answers and more from Katie Mitchell, Saline District Library teen librarian extraordinaire! She will give you all the tools you need to truly welcome and engage this demographic . . . and make a difference in young lives.
Sponsored by Woodlands Library Cooperative’s Children’s & Teen Services Committee, this one-hour webinar will help smooth the way for you by increasing your comfort level. We’ll help you get your policies and talking points in place before any issues arise. We’ll help you do your part to help decrease teen depression and suicide in your community. You’ll learn how to bridge the gap between your board and the teens in your area!