Interview with Richmond Teenager Justin Rodriguez

by Angela Cox

Teen Librarian, Angela Cox, interviewed Justin Rodriguez, a Richmond teenager and member of the Richmond Youth Council. Here’s a summary of his comments:

Justin noted that many young people perform research for school remotely. He feels that personal contact with library staff is important because through that dialog, students can be introduced to strategies and information sources which they may not have considered.

Justin’s favorite book is Barack Obama’s Dreams from my Father which reveals an ordinary man with flaws and obstacles that he overcame. It’s the account of a person from an underprivileged background, who rose to prominence through hard work.

He feels that the Richmond Public Library could serve students better with: 1) newspaper and periodical databases, 2) a café where students could eat as well as study, 3) study rooms for group projects, 4) A Homework Help program for middle and high school students. He views the Library’s S.A.T. Workshop, sponsored by the Friends of the Richmond Public Library, as a real asset.

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