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What is iTNation?
Digital Media Classes for Everyone
The library offers digital media classes for all ages! Class participants stretch their creativity and learn fun, new digital media skills. Anyone can sign up for each class individually or enroll in the entire 5 week series. Classes are taught by high school students who have successfully completed 30 hours of training and internship.
Test your digital media skills, have fun and earn money!
iTNation is a paid internship for high school students. Teens get experience using various digital media software and they learn how to teach introductory digital media classes. Learn how to do it yourself, then teach others to edit photos, mix music, make movies, and create animated shorts. Join iTNation and get paid to teach classes next summer and fall. All high school students are encouraged to apply.
After your internship training, you will be ready to teach classes to the public. The Library offers a stipend of $200 (for teaching a series of 5 classes).
If you have questions about iTNation, please call Ashley at Himmel Library at 594-5305.
Teen Library Advocates
What are advocates?
Our teen library advocates go out and talk to other teens in the Tucson schools about what the library and the librarians have to offer. Advocates make five presentations to other kids at school, friends, clubs or religious groups.
Why have advocates? Doesn't everyone already know about the library?
Well, no. We started the advocates because teens were asking for services which we already had. We asked them what would be the best way to let everyone know, and they said, "Tell us and we'll tell everyone else!"
So... do I just go out there or will you train me?
Yep, we'll train you for two hours, (refreshments provided), then you sign a contract agreeing to complete five presentations.
What advocates get:
When you're done, we'll pay you $100.
Ok, you've convinced me, how do I sign up?
Check the online calendar to see the date, time and location of upcoming training sessions.
Teen Advisory Boards
Some branches have a Teen Advisory Board that helps make decisions on programs and other issues related to 13-19 year olds at the library. Ask your branch's Teen Librarian if you can help.
Teens from TABs in several libraries make up the Teen Advisory Board Council. This group meets quarterly to help make decisions about the library's teen programming as well as to represent the library in community events such as All Souls Day Parade and the Rodeo Parade. For more information contact: Pam.Park@pima.gov and Ingrid.Trebisky@pima.gov.
Check the online calendar for dates, times and branches that have Teen Advisory Boards.
Are you 14 or over? Get job experience this summer! Most library branches appreciate help with Summer Reading Club. Some branches need help year-round. Ask your Teen Librarian for more information.
Volunteer as a Reading Partner
Ask your Teen Librarian if your local library offers the Reading Partners program. This volunteer program brings together teen and adult volunteers with children of all ages to share their love of reading. Reading Partners involves being trained in reading to young children in an interactive way and listening to them read to you. It is not a babysitting, nor a tutoring program. We do usually ask for a 3-6 month commitment to the program for our volunteer Reading Partners.
Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress - YAC/TTC
The Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress is run by the Metropolitan Education Commission. The teens who join provide youth/student input on policies and programs countywide.
Jobs at the Library
If you are 14–21, you may be eligible to be a teen summer intern for a 5-week period. If you are 16–21, you may be eligible for the Pledge-a-Job program.For all other jobs at the Pima County Public Library you need to be at least 18 years old. Summer job opportunities with the Library are now closed for 2013, please check back in February of 2014 for information about summer jobs for teens.