June 30, 2021

Teen Advisory Board Helps Princeton Public Library, Community in Many Ways

To the Editor:

I was pleased to read about the youth advisory groups that have been making an impact on Princeton government and nonprofits [Youth Advisory Groups Help Set Policies for Government and Nonprofits,” page 1, June 23]. There was no mention, however, of the very active and well-established youth advisory group at the Princeton Public Library. Made up of teens from several of the local schools and known by one and all as TAB (Teen Advisory Board), they meet regularly and are represented at the library’s Board of Trustees monthly meetings by three of their number.

This past year, the representatives were Elizabeth Leonard, Chiara Goldenstern, and Eleni Staikos. Each of them spoke at every meeting, and were articulate, thoughtful, and creative, whether it was letting us know about the latest edition of their podcast or about library-wide programs initiated and organized by them, such as I Read This Book, and many others.

In each case, it gave us as trustees a window into what our local teens are thinking and reading, and how they are generating ideas that will take our library and our town into the future. They have contributed a great deal to our meetings, and it has been a pleasure to have them and their predecessors attend. We have all learned a lot from these energetic, thoughtful and forward-thinking young people.

I look forward to greeting the new group in September, and feel sure that they too will help the library and the Princeton community in countless ways. Thank you, TAB!

Ruth Miller
President, Board of Trustees, Princeton Public Library
Governors Lane