But studies show that the best students are in the library year-round. Here are some other ways your teen can use the library:
• Check out the novels written especially for teens. Some libraries have special sections for adolescents. Others include young adult materials with the adult collection. Especially for teens who aren’t avid readers, the young adult books may spark an interest in reading.
• Check out the special programs for teens. Many libraries have developed programs to meet the needs of students who are planning careers or choosing colleges. Some publish book reviews by and for teens. A few libraries even have advisory boards of teenagers. Perhaps your teen would like to take part in one or more of these activities.
• Listen to books on tape. Teens who are auditory learners may struggle through some books assigned for English class. Books on tape, with actors reading the complete book, are a great additional way for these students to learn.
• Volunteer or get a part-time job. Libraries need teens to restock shelves, check books in and out, and help with activities for younger children. These may be paid or volunteer positions. In either case, they’ll be valuable experience on a resume.
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