Youth Librarian Elevator Speech

Just brainstorming:

I help [target audience*] [verb phrase*] at the library so that [proven/expected positive outcome for target audience*]ALSC Infographic

I help connect youth and their communities to free resources  available at the library to help bridge the gap that keeps low-income students at a disadvantage.

I help teach parents and caregivers at the library how to support the early literacy development of their children.

I help educators access materials and resources from the library so that they can supplement their curriculum.


Research and statistics to help advocates make the case for libraries at every stage of youth development and education.

  • I just found out that….The most dangerous time of the day is from 3 PM to 6 PM.  Public libraries provide teens with a constructive place to go during these hours, where children and teens can organize and participate in supervised recreational and educational activities.
  • I know you think that…. libraries are all going away but I would like to point out… the public library provides much needed college- and career-focused research tools, programs and events: they enroll in programs that provide SAT, PSAT and ACT testing strategies and career advice; interact one-on-one with recruiters at library-sponsored college and career days; and take advantage of the public library-sponsored job and career readiness workshops, outreach opportunities, and entrepreneurship trainings. “



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