[aisle] Time Sensitive Request: Expert Advice solicited

Elaine Noonan enoonan at summithill.org
Tue Sep 17 15:32:09 CDT 2019

Hi Gwen,

Students , as well as all of humanity, need honest connection and communication; mindful presence in the librarian/patron relationship. This includes deep listening to their requests and often listening between the lines. As a foundation,  Librarians themselves need to have a healthy relation ship with themselves in order to have an authentic relationship with their patrons of any age. Teens are used to be spoken to.  Its more than providing teens programs and  information;  we have plenty of that from every web and non web based source imaginable. It's an aspect of the Social Emotional Learning that schools are implementing to help with students understand and integrate  compassion, respect and random acts of kindness in order to "pay it forward".

I am also a Stress Management Educator (Certificate from Governors State University) and have practiced mindfulness for over the past 20 years.  I am a school librarian and utilize these concepts mentioned above with every student, staff member and administer i work with. I collected some oak leaves while on my daily lunchtime walk in nature (all seasons) and some acorns. I drew the analogy of acorn seeds, when planted in fertile soil, yielding amazing trees when students, with ideas (seeds) to be planted (journal/developed) for growth in perhaps areas of career development or stream of consciousness creativity.

I believe the Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach will be a most valuable program. Thank you for all you do.



Elaine Noonan
Summit Hill Jr. High School - Frankfort, Illinois
 School Librarian

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Subject: [aisle] Time Sensitive Request: Expert Advice solicited

Dear AISLE Members:

I am so excited to ask for your advice as I and my colleague prepare for the opportunity to participate in the Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach, in partnership with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA).  In preparation, I would like to ask the following question, “What are the burning issues facing teens?”

It is hoped that after attending this training, programming will be rolled out to train librarians and community stakeholders that work with teens to provide positive/game-changing supports on their behalf.

More to come regarding training opportunities for librarians and stakeholders that work with this population.

I look forward to receiving your responses to this question by email by September 25, 2019.  My email address is gharrison at ilsos.gov<mailto:gharrison at ilsos.gov>

Your support is truly appreciated.

Best regards,


Ms. Gwendolyn A. Harrison, Network and Youth Consultant

Illinois State Library

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Springfield, IL 62701-1796

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