Award for Local Librarian
l-r Sarah Harrison, Chair of Young Adults and Children’s Service Award Committee and Prince George Public Librarian, Heather Gloster photo courtesy PG Public Library
Prince George, B.C.-She is an award winning Teen Librarian, but that doesn’t mean Heather Gloster is a teen. “I’ve tried to change my title to Teen Services Librarian because people do get confused about that title” chuckles Gloster.
Regardless of her age, The Prince George Public Library’s Teen Librarian has successfully connected with teens, in fact, her efforts have led to her being awarded the Young Adult and Children’s Service Award for exceptional service in the area of children’s or teen librarianship at the BC Library Conference.
Getting teens engaged in reading can be a challenge in an era of smart phones, video games and iPads, but Gloster is making it happen. “I think first and foremost, it’s about connecting with them, making the library a welcoming space and meeting them where they are.”
Gloster is “meeting them where they are” as she created a creative writing program at the Prince George Youth Custody Centre. Youth at PGYCC have explored everything from editing their work to how to write rap lyrics. Gloster also routinely brings books from the library for the participants to borrow, many by specific request.
“I love showing teens our digital e-book collection, our online magazines and all our online options” says Gloster “So that’s a really good way to meet teens where they are.”
And yes, some pieces of literature have been re-written for teens in the short form words they use when texting friends “There’s a really funny series, it’s Shakespeare, but all written in text such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet all in text message format.”
This is the fourth award for the Prince George Public Library from the British Columbia Library Association. In 2013-2014 the former Teen Librarian, Amy Dawley, was honoured for the Library Gay-Straight Alliance (now referred to as the Library Queer-Straight Alliance). The Library has also received two nods for Advocacy or Marketing, in 2011-2012 and again in 2013-2014.
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