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Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

What is TAB?

Teen Advisory Board at IPPL is a forum for teens in grades 7-12

  • To have fun and meet other teens who enjoy reading and the library
  • To have a voice in planning library activities for teens
  • To help promote library services to your friends and peers
  • To gain leadership skills and community service hours

Who can join TAB?

Teens in grades 7-12 who have an IPPL card or attend a school in our district.

What responsibilities do TAB members have?

  • Attend a minimum of 7 of the regularly scheduled board meetings
  • Attend a minimum of 3 library programs outside TAB meetings each school year
  • Actively participate in at least one TAB Subcommittee
  • Contribute at least 5 book reviews to the IPPLTeens GoodReads page
  • Set an example of appropriate library behavior for other teens and library users
  • Promote IPPL’s programs and services in your school and our community
  • Suggest materials (books, DVDs, etc), programs and services for teens
  • Plan, market and assist with programming in the Kids & Teens department

What are TAB Subcommittees?

TAB Subcommittees meet during TAB Meetings to plan special events or work on special projects. Not every committee meets year round, so it is possible to serve on more than one. Subcommittees for 2013-2014 are:

  • Write-On: planning & promoting our annual creative writing festival in November
  • Gaming: planning and staffing gaming tournaments and open play events all year
  • Giving Tree: planning & promoting our annual holiday warm items drive
  • Social Media: posting to ipplteens social media (facebook/twitter/instagram) & promoting ipplteens social networks in the community
  • Technology: brainstorming, planning and promoting new teen technology programs
  • The Sound: planning & promoting our 2nd annual teen music festival in June
  • Summer Programming: planning & promoting teen summer reading; assisting with programs for kids and families
  • Local History: recording interviews with local teens and residents about life in our community


TAB meets September to June on the 3rd Saturday from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. We discuss and plan upcoming activities, talk about good books, websites and programs, and think about ways the library can better serve teens in our community. You will earn community service hours for the time you spend at TAB meetings and the time you spend helping with programs or services at the library.

Contact the Kids and Teens Ask Us Desk at (630) 887-8760 ext. 264 for details.