(Washington) – The DC Public Library’s Teens of Distinction Program received the 2009 Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Highsmith Award for Excellence at the ULC’s annual conference on July 12. The award honors the leading urban and metropolitan library youth development program in North America.
The Teens of Distinction program provides part-time, year-round employment for high-school age D.C. residents. The library designed the program to attract academically successful teens by providing premium wages for jobs and leadership opportunities. The teens - who assist with customer service, collections management and special programming - have been instrumental in creating teen-centered programming and pinpointing ways to improve library service to teens.