Upper Arlington News

Library 'conversation' will focus on teens


The Upper Arlington Library will host a forum Nov. 15 to discuss the lives and times of teenagers, and ways the community can help enrich their experiences.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the UA Library's main branch will host the first "Teens Today: A REAL Conversation. What's Important? Why Does It Matter?"

The "community conversation" seeks to gather Upper Arlington teenagers, parents, grandparents and other adults, community organization leaders and representatives of faith-based groups to discuss the issues confronting local teens and how the lives of young people can be improved.

"Ultimately, the objective of this conversation is to take an appreciative look at the lives and times of teens, including the community environment in which they live," said Ruth McNeil, UA Library community relations manager. "We think our teens deserve our attention and our community serves to benefit from their engagement."

Although the event still is a few weeks away, registration is open and due to space constraints, will be limited to 100 participants.

Registration can be completed online at http://bit.ly/SzGEuK. The event is free.

"This program is ripe for teens, of course, but also for parents, grandparents, business owners, community service organizations -- persons who are interested in the lives of teens," McNeil said.

The community conversation will feature a group discussion on issues of importance to teens, including those with positive and negative impacts and influences.

Library officials believe some topics to be raised will include family, school life and curriculum, social issues -- including use of social media and other technologies -- and thoughts on college.

But McNeil said they also hope to be enlightened on issues of which adults might not be aware or well informed.

There also will be guided questions for group discussion and a "return for thoughtful sharing," she said.

The program draws parallels to the United Way's current "Campaign for the Common Good." It was developed to mobilize people and organizations across the country to take action and improve the education, income and health of America's communities.

Additional information about the event can be obtained by calling 614-486-9621.