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Library seeks teen input

The Douglas County Library has always had successful programs for kids. From story times to summer reading club, kids of all ages have found fun books to read, discovered new things to learn and explored the library.

Now it's time for the teen population in the community to have the same chance. Every day, new teen fiction is pouring into the library. From vampires to zombies, from flying airships to worlds filled with magic, teen fiction now gets the star treatment from publishers and readers.

As the new youth librarian for the Douglas County Library, I want to build strong ties to the teens in the community. Anyone from grades 6-12 is welcome to come to the teen program at the library on Wednesday, November 16 at 3:30 p.m.

It's gingerbread house mania. How creative can you get with graham crackers and candy? The more decadent the design, the better. No registration is required at this free event and all supplies will be provided.

To truly build successful programs for teens, I need teen input. If you aren't coming to the library, I want to know why. Many libraries across the country have teen advisory boards and councils in their libraries and that is my goal at the Douglas County Library.

I have a teen services background. In my previous position in Colorado, I worked with a teen advisory board along with developing monthly teen programs and special teen-only events, from film contests to an anime fair.

That is my ultimate dream for the Douglas County Library but to get there, I need teen advice and interest.

On Wednesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m., I am holding an introductory Teen Council meeting. All teens between grades 6-12 are welcome to attend. Bring your ideas, your theories, what you like to read, what you don't and anything else.

Refreshments will be provided for this one-hour meeting. The more ideas and discussion generated the better. All teens are welcome but the more mad-cap schemes you have, the better. No idea is too big for Douglas County Library's Teen Council.

Questions can be directed to youth librarian Sarah Wethern at (320) 762-3013 extension 3326.