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Help Us Plan Our Future Ready with the Library Project

If you are a student in the middle school, a parent of a middle school student, or a community member who realizes the value of developing future-ready skills at the middle school level, please join us for an open discussion on the development of a new program aimed at college and career readiness for middle schoolers. Planning sessions will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and Monday, April 30, 2018, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Keene Public Library has been selected to participate in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Association for Rural and Small Libraries’ (ARSL), Future Ready with the Library project. The Keene Public Library is one of 24 participants selected to participate in the second cohort of the project.

YALSA’s Future Ready Project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and launched in May 2016, brings together library staff from small, rural, and tribal libraries to build their knowledge of middle school–aged teens, their unique needs, and how those impact college and career readiness.

As part of the project, Keene Public Library Teen Services Librarian Jay Fee will work with a community partner to develop college and career readiness services for and with the middle school students in their area. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 


The Future Ready with the Library project will engage a total of 80 library staff, separated into three cohorts, over a three-year period.  “I am excited to participate in the Future Ready Project. I came back from Denver with a lot of ideas and I am beginning to plan programs that offer our middle schoolers opportunities to engage in public speaking, work in teams to solve problems, and debate controversial issues in an environment free of grading and predetermined expectations. We want to empower Keene’s middle school students to help plan these programs so they are fun as well as educational and engaging.” said Teen Services Librarian Jay Fee.


As part of the Future Ready Project, Jay participated in a two-day orientation at ALA’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado, in February. He will take part in a virtual community of practice through the rest of the year.

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