Ask an Agent: Do You Mix Tweens & Teens?

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Question: How often do you mix teens & tweens? If you do mix them, in what capacity?

 Jenni (South San Francisco Public Library) says:

The only time we mix these groups is during our summer Reader-Leader program, where older kids are paired with younger ones for one-on-one reading support.  For regular programs, we keep them separate, and the kids seem to prefer it that way.
 Nikki (Cleveland Bradley County Public Library) says:
For our library Tweens are 9-12 and the tweens are 13-18. We only mix them up during Lego Club and whole-family programs like when the symphony comes or we have a science show. To keep parents from coming to the library 500 times a week, we do hold Tween and Teen programs at the same time. For example, both of the writing clubs meet on the same Thursday at 4:30. If there is only one staff person handling both age groups though, that can get tricky. Lego Club seems to work because the teens are there as volunteers more than participants and it’s their job to help any of our tweens who have stuck pieces or are struggling with the challenge for that month. 
 
We did try to bring them together for our STEAM program for a couple of months and the teens just were not feeling it. I think they like to be more uninhibited and felt like they couldn’t be themselves around parents and littles. For many of them, the teen program is their break from school and home and when they are pit in a program with all of their younger siblings, it kind of kills their vibes. If at all possible we try to avoid mixing the two.

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