Library’s Teen Coordinator Teaches Teen Engagement at TEDxMidAtlantic

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Library’s Teen Coordinator Teaches Teen Engagement at TEDxMidAtlantic

The DC Public Library’s Teen Coordinator, Rebecca Renard, presented at the TEDxMidAtlantic conference Saturday.  Her lecture, entitled “Three Truths about Engaging Teens,” drew from programs that have made the Library a destination for many District teenagers. 

Rebecca Renard speaks at TEDxMidAtlantic Conference.  Photo Credit: TEDxMidAtlantic,  Chris Suspect.The TEDxMidAtlantic conference explored how understanding people’s relationship to a location is critical to spreading knowledge, ideas and solutions.

“The Library has gone from being a place that teens barely considered relevant to a part of many’s daily routine,” said Renard.  “The way that my colleagues engage teens offers some practices that can be used by any organization wanting to connect with them.”

Since 2008, the Library’s teen programming went from almost non-existent to cutting-edge.  Emphasizing digital literacy, teen initiatives have resulted in a nationally-recognized program on homelessness called, “Your Story Has a Home Here;” a Twitter community and podcast called #youth202; and a mixed-media art show celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Renard’s work with the Library’s Teens of Distinction program was honored in 2009 by the Urban Library Council’s Highsmith Award, which honors leading urban and metropolitan library youth development programs.  In addition, Library Journal Magazine named Renard a 2011 “Mover and Shaker” for her work advancing the Library profession.