Parkville/Boardwalk/Riverside Teen Advisory Group Participates in World Book Night
April 22, 2013
Members of the Teen Advisory Group for the Parkville, Boardwalk, and Riverside branches met on Tuesday night, April 23rd to deliver over 100 books to the St. Luke's North Hospital locations at Barry Road and Smithville; the books were then distributed by staff to teens who have long-term stays at either hospital. This Teen Advisory Group is made up of 17 teenagers, ages 13-18, who are homeschoolers and public schoolers in the Park Hill, Platte County, and Smithville school district areas. They meet monthly at the Parkville Branch to discuss and plan for ways to make the Library a better place for teens and to bring library resources to teens in the community. They also complete service hours all year long, doing various projects at the Library or assisting staff with library outreach.
Last fall, this group decided they'd like to tackle one, big service project as a whole group. When information about World Book Night came up, they jumped at the opportunity. As is stated on its website, World Book Night "is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read." This event began in 2011 in the U.K. and Ireland and spread to the U.S. and Germany last year. The spirit behind World Book Night is to spread the joy of reading to adults and teens who don't regularly read. Specific titles are chosen, and authors agree to waive their royalties for the special printing of these books that are then hand delivered by volunteers to people in their communities.
Our group chose to give books for the teens at St. Luke's North Hospital in Smithville because a few of our members know firsthand how boring and depressing it can be to spend time away from home while recovering. "The staff at St. Luke's are awesome, but there's not a lot to do," says one TAG member. "Even if they're not readers, I know any of those patients would love to have something funny or distracting while they're there."