Meet YAAB’s Secretary

Young Adult Advisory Board Member Profile

Name: Georgia

Pronouns: they/them

About: I am an author and illustrator. I love everything to do with fantasy novels, and when I find a good book I will usually spend all of my time reading it. I decided to join the Young Adult Advisory Board because I’ve always loved hanging out at the library, so being a part of something that involves helping pick out books, and coming up with activities was a really cool opportunity I wanted to help out with! It is a very fun experience!

Georgia is the Young Adult Advisory Board Secretary. They have been a member of YAAB since 2020. 

The Young Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) is open to teens in grades 6 through 12. YAAB currently meets virtually on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss ideas for programs, materials, activities in the Teen Lounge and ways to make the library a better place for teens.

Emperor of YAAB, you say?

Young Adult Advisory Board Member Profile

Hi, I’m Eva! I love art, baking and theater, and I’m on the Memorial Forensics team. I love being on YAAB mostly because I love the library! I like volunteering and helping there when I can.

Eva is the Young Adult Advisory Board Emperor. She has been a member of YAAB since 2018. 

The Young Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) is open to teens in grades 6 through 12. YAAB currently meets virtually on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss ideas for programs, materials, activities in the Teen Lounge and ways to make the library a better place for teens.

Meet the Young Adult Advisory Board Prez

My name is Bridget McIlquham, I am 15 years old and attend High School here in Eau Claire. I am currently President of YAAB (Young Adult Advisory Board). I have been a member of YAAB for three years. I joined because I wanted to help improve and expand library programs for young adults and teens. I love the library and the library programs. I want there to be programs for everyone to enjoy, it is important to me to be a voice for all teens and their interests, not just mine. I love serving on the board and really enjoy working with the other board members active in YAAB. I hope to someday have a career in library services and want to help promote literacy in the community.

The Young Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) is open to teens in grades 6 through 12. YAAB currently meets virtually on the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m. to discuss ideas for programs, materials, activities in the Teen Lounge and ways to make the library a better place for teens.

You Are Not Alone: Teen Mental Health Resources

Winter in Wisconsin, coronavirus, and quarantine; if that trio is not enough to get you at least a bit down, I don’t know what is. Everyone has struggled (or is still struggling!) with anxiety, depression, or stress at some point over the past year. Teens in our Young Adult Advisory Board just recently shared their thoughts, tips, and experiences regarding mental health, for which I want to give a big shout out. You rock! To cap off their Mental Health Teen to Teen series, I want to chime in with a few additional thoughts and resources.

You are not alone. If you or someone you know is struggling, please please please hear this: your family, your friends, your teachers, your community care about your wellbeing. We want to hear how you truly are. We care and we have resources to help.

As a librarian, my go-to quick way to help are book or e-book suggestions (surprising, I know). With this in mind, I pulled together a booklist of newer nonfiction books on managing anxiety, stress, depression, and more. I also included books with personal accounts of authors/teens and their struggles with mental health. Place a hold, schedule a Park & Pickup appointment, and get reading. Don’t know how Park & Pickup works? Email me or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007 to interact with a kind human.

If you need to talk or text with someone for support right away, please use these 24/7 resources: 

DIY Yummy Gummies

Gummy bears…they’re both delicious AND cute.  And now you can make your own!  One of our Teen Take & Make activities for 6th through 12th grades is a bear mold and set of ingredients to make your own gummy bears.  How “sweet” is that?!  ;)  If you have a hankering for more sweets, check out these e-cookbooks on Hoopla or contact us at the library and we can place some cookbooks on hold for you to pick up through our Park and Pickup service.

Youth Services: 715-839-5007 or ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.