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Professional Development for Delaware Library Staff: Transforming Teen Services

Statewide Professional Development Team



The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has developed a training series, “Transforming Teen Services” and representatives from most states participated in multi-day training sessions and are delivering this training to the public libraries in their states.


In order to work effectively with youth, everyone needs a basic understanding of how young people develop, their needs, and their assets. This includes everyone who comes in contact with tweens and teens in the library. 

Transforming Teen Services consists of three modules: Ages & Stages, Computational Thinking, and Connected Learning. Sessions for Ages & Stages will be held in all 3 counties this spring, Computational Thinking sessions will be held fall 2020, Connected Learning sessions will be held in spring 2021.


Computational Thinking

Computational Thinking sessions will be held in Fall 2020.

Computational Thinking has nothing to do with coding or computers; simply, it's problem solving and the steps we take to solves problems: decomposition (breaking it down into smaller parts); pattern recognition (do we see similarities); abstraction (what is relevant); algorithms (what set of rules can we can we design)

Ages & Stages

The first module, Ages & Stages, summarizes key research in child and youth development and focuses on how to create programs and services that are appropriate for the youth in your community.

Ages & Stages Workshop Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the cultural concept of childhood in the United States. 
  • Identify the various ages and stages of child development.
  • Design developmentally appropriate activities and learning environments.


Workshop Materials

Coming Soon!

Additional Resources


When we welcome teenagers into our library spaces, we can expect a certain number of behavioral challenges. There are many approaches we can take as practitioners to guide and manage behavior in the library. Learn how libraries can make use of restorative practices to help teens learn from their behavior, in meaningful and transformative ways, and maintain access to their library.

Connected Learning

Connected Learning sessions will be held in Spring 2021

Connected learning combines personal interests, supportive relationships, and opportunities. It is learning in an age of abundant access to information and social connection that embraces the diverse backgrounds and interests of all young people.