For every teen who’s ever felt like no one is listening… This program is for you. “Let’s Rap About It” at North Library (1192 Vollintine Ave.) is a chance for teens to say what’s on their minds in a friendly and confidential environment. Offered the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m., these listening sessions take a topic that affects teens and allow them to discuss it openly. From date rape and police brutality – both previous topics of discussion – no subject is off limits.
Librarian Johnnie Mosley facilitates the program. “Sometimes young people need an outlet,” Mosley explained. “The fact that teens can talk openly and honestly makes the program appealing for them. And, there is a trust factor also that whatever is said in the room will stay in the room.”
Teens create their own topics of discussion, and Mosley said he welcomes experts to speak to the group also. For example, he welcomed a Memphis Police officer to speak to teens after they expressed concerns about police brutality. “Talking to a Memphis police officer allowed the teens to see police officers in a different light,” Mosley recalled about the program’s success. Other times, he said positive role models from North Library’s Renaissance Men’s Book Club attend “rap” sessions to discuss topics of interest.
Then, there’s also fun and games!
“We also make the program fun,” Mosley said, “by bringing in board games or laptops to research topics of discussion. This helps to break the ice and helps to create a learning atmosphere and a fun atmosphere too.”
For more information about “Let’s Rap About It” at North Library, call (901) 415-2775.
By: Coordinator of Public Relations & Media Marcey Wright, @MarceyWrite