Working the Room
Would like to talk discipline and order in the room.
How do you keep your room humming, not quiet but at a dull roar, a tone and space that teens can work in, study in, socialize, in and be comfortable and safe in?
Easiest thing I have found is to be completely even-handed and nip problems in the bud before they get big. We can expect some noise but keeping it within reason is key. Nobody expects a YA room to be quiet these days but we owe something to the kids who want to come to the library to study and do research too.
Bigger problems work the same way too. If you break it up before it gets too crazy, move a kid to a different table or suggest that an older teen head out into the larger library for a bit, this can save you a lot of trouble down the line. I try to be both friendly and strict, informative and no-nonsense.
What works for you?