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The Part of the Story program was funded by a donation to offer a community read for York County teens around a topic of current interest. The program was piloted in four libraries in 2017. Teens read the book ‘Smack’ by Melvin Burgess and met over a five week period to engage in conversation with individuals and organizations involved in addressing opioid and heroin addiction in York County, PA. The program culminated in a Teen Town Hall event which was open to the public.
One of the goals of the program was to show the community that teens need to have a voice in the community conversation about opioid addiction. The teens also had the opportunity to work on a creative response to what they experienced. Several used art or poetry. The community was also offered the chance to post memories of loved ones lost to addiction on a section of a Pillar of Remembrance which were then gathered at the Teen Town Hall Event.
A pre- and post-survey of participants was conducted through Project Outcome, a free toolkit from the Public Library Association, and the majority of teens responded that their level of awareness and knowledge of opioid addiction issues had increased as a result of taking part in the program.
To complete the pilot, Martin Library partnered with the York Opioid Collaborative, Eastern York High School, Not One More, and the Children’s Home of York, as well as local law enforcement agencies. Lydia Collins, NNLM MAR’s Consumer Health Coordinator, also offered her expertise in developing health outreach programs.
Want to learn more about this program? Part of the Story 2017 was highlighted in an Our York Media article, and more recent developments about the program are available through the York County Libraries website. The theme and book for Part of the Story 2018 will be announced in August or September. You can also contact Jennifer Johnson, Teen Services Manager, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: (717) 849-6933.