The Round Rock Public Library is fortunate to have an incredible asset, the Teen Advisory Board (TAB). TAB is a group of teens ages 13-18, who meet once a month to help Teen Librarian, Miss Jane, plan teen activities/programs, promote teen library events, and volunteer at library programs and outreach events.
We’d like to recognize four of our graduating TAB members, Kristen Murray, Diego Torrez, John Spranger and Kate Lee.
These young adults have been with the program for 3-4 years, have turned 18 and are moving on. Between the 4 of them, they have volunteered 300+ hours! After their service at the library, they’re venturing out into the world:
- Kristen has moved to England to study International Relations at the University of Leeds.
- Diego is attending Texas A & M University studying Animal Science.
- John is finishing high school and then going to ACC to study HVAC.
- Kate is attending Princeton University studying English Literature and Creative Writing.
Miss Jane talked to each of them about their memories and highlights at the library.
Kristen, Kate, Diego and John all remember volunteering at the Iron Chef (now called Top Chef) programs, judging dishes made by different groups of tweens and teens. One year while doing a taste-test they discovered what appeared to be a chocolate covered banana was a chocolate covered pickle. This was a surprise and a memory that has stayed with them all!
Kate was a TAB member until she founded and ran the Teen Writing Group. Her funniest memory from volunteering is a poem her friend John wrote at one the writing group meetings about Jane, our librarian. He read it out loud and everyone was laughing so much!
A highlight for Kristen was helping develop ideas for the Adulting 101 for Teens series. She was proud to attend the very first event, knowing she had contributed ideas on topics not typically taught in school that would benefit teens in our community.
One of Diego’s favorite times volunteering was at the annual Christmas Family Night. A child decided to sit on his best friend and fellow TAB member’s lap (who he added does not like children) and wanted her to help make a card for Santa. It became a team effort, and the child successfully made her card.
John sees himself as a lifelong library user and is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a TAB meeting with the architects designing the new library, where members were able to give input on what they would like to see in the new building.
All said they had made close friends, learned customer service skills and enjoyed giving input to teen events and other programs at the library. We are grateful for all that you have given to the library, we are proud of you and wish you all the best with your adventures.
The vacancies to join TAB have been quickly filled. For more information about TAB, how to get on the waiting list, and details of Teen Events, contact Jane Dance, 512 218 7012.