Ask an Agent: How Do You Build a Teen Following?

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Question: We have a very hard time getting teens to attend programs at my library, because we cannot play M rated music/games or R rated movies and we don’t have a large budget for crafts/performers. Does anyone have advice on how to build a teen following with little resources?

 Molly (Tewksbury Public Library) says: 

Have the kids do some shopping on Amazon with you. Limit the search to non-M rated games. Watch them give exciting input! If the library system circs games, you won’t need to purchase them. Apples to Apples and Superfight are tame games at a cheap cost.

Andrea (TSU) says: 

I’ve never, ever shown R rated movies or played M rated music. And my yearly budget has normally been around 1k for the year, give or take. I’ve noticed that word of mouth and school visits have always helped boost my numbers, but my biggest draw them in has been after-hour events or lock-ins. They hear we play nerf gun wars and are instantly interested. I find once they come to one of those events and have fun, it’s very easy to convince them to come to normal activities. Also, talk to what teens you have and see what they’re interested in as well. You’ll find a little listening/showing that you care goes a long, long way.


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