ALA Annual Conference 2023

StoryTeen at Brooklyn Public Library #alaac23

On Sunday afternoon, Karen Keys, Rachel G. Payne, and Jessica Ralli from the Brooklyn Public Library shared their experiences with StoryTeen, a teen internship program focusing on early childhood education. 

StoryTeen is a paid internship that provides 80 hours of hands on experience in the library. In order to be accepted into the program, high school students complete an application and interview. Once they’re onboard, they complete 20 hours of training that covers a variety of topics (storytime, early literacy, child development, and screen time). From there, interns are able to support storytime in different languages and host Ready, Set, Kindergarten Reading Clubs. 

To prepare interns for storytime, they first observe storytimes and then participate by sharing one program component. After this, interns co-plan and co-lead a storytime with the final step being to lead their own storytime!

As part of the experience, an Early Childhood Career Panel provides the interns with information from experts including teachers, pediatricians, and children’s book authors. Additionally, interns can learn to create props and activities through a series of Creative Workshops. The program culminates with the interns completing a Creative Project. What an amazing experience this must be for the teens and their library mentors! I look forward to adapting some of these ideas for the teen volunteers at my library.


Today’s guest contributor is Lacy Wolfe (she/her/hers). Lacy is currently the Youth Services Manager at the North Little Rock Public Library. She is so excited to return to an in-person ALA conference! Lacy has served on Council as a Chapter Councilor and has missed all the energy, ideas, and networking from attending conference. She has recently moved back to public libraries after 10 years as an Instruction Librarian at academic libraries so you’ll find her at ALSC and YALSA sessions with an iced coffee in hand! 


Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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