Helping Youth Transition from Children's to Teen Services

Teen services librarians have a challenging role in trying to provide space and programming that meets the diverse needs of their patrons. How do you bridge the gap between tweens and teens? Join Jason Lamb, Tween Librarian for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, as he shows you ways to change your space and programs to appeal to tweens, and provides reading recommendations for tweens transitioning to teen services.


  • Tips for creating a Tween-friendly space
  • Tween programming ideas
  • Reading recommendations for the tween to teen transition
    1. From tween lit to teen lit.
    2. From teen lit to tween lit.

Who Should Attend

  • Children's services librarians
  • Teen services librarians
  • Public library workers
  • School library workers


Jason Lamb, Tween Librarian, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library



YALSA members: Free

Non-Members: $19 for individual webinar purchase

                         $49 for a set of any three on-demand webinars

                         $99 for a group registration (ten logins) for this one webinar

Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course. Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only

How to Register

YALSA members: Log into the YALSA e-Learning Library (YeLL) and access it for free!

Non-Members:  Order your on-demand recording now using our registration form

Tech Requirements


  • Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 2; Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise; or Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (32-bit edition, or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)
  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x or 3.x (first choice); Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7, or 8; or Google Chrome (last choice, as it occasionally interferes with speaker microphones)
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later


  • 500MHz PowerPC® G3 or faster or 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.4–10.6 (Intel); Mac OS X v10.4 (PowerPC)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox 2.x or 3x; Safari 2.x; or Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1


  • Apple devices: iOS 3 or 4, created for Apple iPhone; compatible with Apple iPad and iPod Touch (3G or 4G connection recommended)
  • Android™ devices: Android 2.2; Adobe AIR® for Android; compatible with HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid (3G or 4G connection recommended)


Adobe Connect runs off a Flash platform.  Meeting participants need to set their computer settings to allow plug-ins.


Audio for Connect meetings is provided using VOIP. Meeting participants need to have a computer headset with microphone.  Microphones and speakers that are built into computers are usable, but if they are used then other webinar participants in Connect will actually be able to hear people speaking through the computer's speakers as well as through the microphone of the person speaking, which creates an echo or makes the sound quality fuzzy. Here are some better options to explore:

  • YALSA staff use this for webinars:
  • If you have a head set you use with your phone, this may work, but you’ll want to test it out prior to any official webinar to be sure.

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Contact Nicole Gibby-Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer, Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.