Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Posted by Kelley B at 9:56 AM
In my experience working with kids and teens, I've worked with plenty of kids who were shy, quiet and introverted (I even have a niece who is so painfully shy I can barely get a word out of her) and I'm not always quite sure about the best way to be with kids who aren't as talkative or gregarious as I am. Helping a shy or introverted child enjoy a program at the library is sometimes tricky too. An article I read a few weeks ago speaks to the potential power social media has in an introverted child's life. Yes, another reason to start creating opportunities for kids to participate in library services online through sites like Facebook, Twitter, blogs and GoodReads! Especially when it comes to book clubs, I know it's not easy getting kids to speak openly and honestly about the books they're reading, but sites like GoodReads and Shelfari allow a safe space for kids to share their impressions, thoughts and reactions to books while not feeling the pressure of being on the spot. You can use these sites as either a stand-alone space for kids to share book reviews, or as an expansion to a program you already offer. It might be the very thing that eases a child out of his/her shyness!