Report: Ontario Public Library Assoc. Child and Youth Services Committee Teen Services Benchmarks and Statistical Report 2013
From the Executive Summary:
This is the first OPLA Child and Youth Services Survey focused exclusively on teens.
The last survey, conducted in 2003, collected data on both child and teen services. While public libraries still serve a higher percentage of children (15.8%) than teens (6.55%), this survey reveals that public library budgeting and programming exclusively for teens has evolved considerably. over the last 10 years there has been significant growth, acceptance and endorsement of teen services in Ontario public libraries. While not a core service for all libraries, this user group is recognized as a significant demographic with unique needs and it has become evident that libraries are responding.
Here are some highlights from this report:
• Libraries are a significant provider of volunteer and employment experience for youth in communities. 94.2% of responding libraries offer hours towards the Ontario Secondary School Graduation diploma (OSSGD) volunteer credit requirement; 48% report offering students the opportunity to do co-op placements.
• Libraries serving populations up to 50,000 categorized teens as between 12–18 years of age; libraries serving populations greater than 50,000 defined the range as 12–19.
• 92% of libraries have space dedicated to children compared to 63% with space dedicated to teens.
• Libraries are about more than reading books; popular teen activities at the library include gaming, arts and crafts, creative writing and film and video programs.
• 53% of libraries ask teens to advise on the selection of teen books and resources for the library.
• 73% of libraries partner with schools in their communities.