Teens & the Library



Did you Know?

  • Approximately 14 million middle and high school students are on their own after school.

  • 8 in 10 Americans want all children and teens to have some type of organized activity or a safe place to go after school.

  • American students make 1.3 billion visits to libraries in a given year, about the same as nationwide attendance at movie theaters.

  • Research shows that as an age group teens (ages 12 – 18) receive the least monetary support. Charities and government spending on teens lags behind what is invested in children (birth through 11 years) and young adults (19 and up)

Libraries Provide Key Services to Teens

Libraries have a strong track record of providing a variety of key services that meet the unique needs of teens. Make sure your teen has a library card.


Workforce Development

Preparing teens for the workforce is a major concern in the U.S. In the last three decades, the skills required for young adults to succeed in the workforce have changed drastically, but the skills emphasized in schools have not kept up with these changes. 87% of public libraries offer services and programs for teens, including career planning and computer skills. Additionally, libraries recruit teens to work as interns and staff, helping them build practical job skills, like Monett's Teen Ambassador Group.


Digital Literacy

In 2010, 50% of the nation’s 14 - 18-year-olds reported visiting a library to use a computer. Data suggests that while teens are comfortable with new technologies, they are not always as technically savvy as adults believe them to be. Librarians provide formal and point-of-need training to teens to help them use the Internet safely, effectively, and ethically.


Traditional Literacy

97% of public libraries provide a dedicated section of their library to teen books and other teen materials. Librarians are trained experts who can match the right book to the right teen, whethe