According to the American Library Association, today’s young adults make up 25 percent
of all public library users, are second in size only to the Baby Boomers, and are the most
ethnically and racially diverse generation ever. The Library serves this growing population
by paying attention to what they want. Teens come to the Library to use computers
to access the internet, to study, do homework, socialize, or just hang out in a neutral
space. The teen areas at both libraries offer that space.
balance in their busy lives, and to learn coping skills that can help them manage
the larger challenges they will face throughout life. Since the New Year is a time for
reflection and change, the Library will present Winter Wellness for Teens from 3:30-6
pm Wednesday, January 22, in the Main Library Teen Center. Teens can learn holistic
approaches to wellness, including healthy snack options, techniques to manage stress,
and resources for mental health.
To meet the unique needs of the community’s emerging adults, the Library provides
a variety of services. The key to access them is a free library card. Regular cards that
require a parent’s signature are available at the Circulation Desk, or teens can sign up for
a Three for Teens card that doesn’t require a parent’s signature. A library card is the ticket
for access to books, music, and movies which can be borrowed, downloaded, or streamed.
recommended reading for Shaker Middle School students, and access to free online Test
Prep to help boost ACT and SAT scores.
The Library also serves teens by providing the information they need but might not
want to ask for. Resources on difficult-to-discuss issues and take-away pamphlets on a
variety of sensitive teen topics are available in the teen areas of both libraries as well as
in the Teen Center. Through A Safe Space partnership with Bellefaire JCB, youth in crisis
can ask for help at the Library and will be connected to Bellefaire for assistance.
Everyone in the Shaker
community, from children to
adults, is challenged to read
every day during January and
February. Track your time on
One Community Reads
This year’s book for Northeast Ohio’s
One Community Reads is Palaces for
the People: How Social Infrastructure Can
Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and
the Decline of Civic Life by Eric Klinenberg.
The phrase “Palaces for the People”
originated from Andrew Carnegie, an
immigrant industrialist who funded 3,000
public libraries in the belief that libraries
would be places where workers could
I T ’ S F O R E V E R !
WWW.SHAKER .LIFE | WINTER 2020 25
With mounting academic pressures, it’s especially important for teens to find
Teen resources to help with academic success include a special collection of
s not For weeks
Winter Wellness for Teens
Camp Wise – Award-Winning Jewish Overnight Camp for Kids Entering Grades 2-12
Experience the adventure of a 40-foot high zip line, the thrill of jet skiing on a private lake, the excitement of
learning to ride a horse, and so much more all while developing self-confidence, independence, and friendships to
last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on summer fun at Camp Wise – call us today!
mandel jcc of cleveland
firstname.lastname@example.org • www.campwise.org • (216) 593-6250