Strategic Planning

The BPL Compass

Profiles – John Nguyen, Senior, Excel High School; Member, Boston Public Library Teen Council

by Gina Perille

The Boston Public Library’s Teen Council was formed to help teenagers engage their peers in library activities. Comprised of eight to 20 members, the Teen Council meets weekly to plan programs such as talent shows, computer workshops, video games, special-interest clubs, and poetry slams for the teen room, a dedicated space for teenagers at the Central Library in Copley Square.

“The teen room is a place where we can hang out and have fun in a safe environment,” explains John Nguyen, a senior in high school in South Boston who is also a current member of the Teen Council. John discovered the library only a couple of years ago, when a sophomore project led him to the Central Library. He went inside and “the lines connected,” as he puts it. “I started enjoying reading books again.”

Currently, the Teen Council is spearheading the making of a Hollywood-style movie, from start to finish. “All the teens are involved in it,” says John. The Teen Council is also giving him an opportunity to practice public speaking— a skill he’ll rely on as he pursues his dream of becoming a community leader.

“The library is a fun place,” he says.