|Eau Claire teens advocating for strong school, public and university libraries|
|Shaking hands with the staff|
It was very heartening to see a group of teens so passionate about libraries that they were willing to miss a day of school, get up at 4:30 in the morning, and spend the whole day rushing from meeting to meeting. It was also incredible to hear them talk in the meetings--as the day went on, they got more and more comfortable with their message, and several of them spoke eloquently and articulately about the impact libraries have had in their lives and their friends' lives. I know that they enjoyed the chance to have an adventure like that, spending time in the capitol, and I know that it is a powerful thing for teens to be given a voice. How exciting to get to witness it! Congratulations to Ashley, the teen librarian at LEPMPL and Pam and Annis at the high school for trusting these teens to be terrific, and for creating the kind of environment where they understand that their voice matters.