[Editor's Pick]  DCPL introduces ‘Real World Experts’ program

[Editor's Pick] DCPL introduces ‘Real World Experts’ program

The DC Public Library is gearing up for its annual Teen Summer Reading Program. The program encourages teens between the ages of 12-18 to read throughout the summer, so they can fall in love with literature…and so their brains don’t turn to mush between the school years!
This year DCPL is introducing a new component to the program. As an incentive to read more, teens who finish at least six books will have the opportunity to explore that mythical place—the “Real World”. They’ll be able to spend a few hours with our community of talented, embedded,“real world experts”—YOU! It’s an opportunity to experience a new career, a new place, a new form of art, a new way of being—to help them understand where they are and where they want to be.
DCPL is reaching out to the talented professionals in our community to see how you’d like to help makethis wonderful real world more real to a teen. Some possibilities:
•Share with a teen a “day in the life of a …”—a teen reader can spend anywhere from 2-4 hours with you, learning about what a day in the life of someone in your career is like. Show them what you do, share what you had to do to get there, what skills you use in your day-to-day work, what you had to study and how, etc.
•Lead a “behind the scenes” tour for a small group of your place of business, explaining what kinds of work happens there and how it all works together.
•Lead an intensive workshop with a small group of teens, in whatever your “art” form may be—print-making, cooking, diplomacy, marketing, customer service, healing, etc.
•Let a pair of teens sit in on a production meeting, a filming session, an interview, a hearing, or any other live, real life event, so they can see you and your colleagues “in action”.
•Invite a few teens as your VIP guests to an awesome exhibit, tour, or experience. The possibilities are truly endless, depending on the vastness of our creativity, connections and energy.
It is suggested that the experiences be offered sometime during the weeks of August 8-19—after summer school/summer employment and before the school year begins. But if these dates aren’t convenient or ideal, DCPL is willing to discuss alternatives.
Please let DCPL know if they can count on you to share your world with a DC teen reader.
Please help spread the word to your friends and colleagues.
Rebecca Renard
Teens of Distinction Program
Martha Saccocio
DC Public Library Office of



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