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Teens contribute input at the library

Kendall Young Library’s Teen Board lets students give their two cents on programs and materials

September 8, 2011
Carrie Olson - Staff Writer ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Area teens scoured lists of young adult books on Sept. 6 at the first Teen Board of the year - looking for materials that would interest them and their peers.

"We love having their input," Bonnie Korslund said. She is in charge of the group at Kendall Young Library.

"I really like it when they make a recommendation to purchase books. They are the first to check them out, and other kids may see them reading at school and ask about it. It sparks interest."

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Teens look at different books that could be added to the Kendall Young Library’s collection in the future. Students are able to contribute their ideas during monthly Teen Board meetings.

She said that young adults also know what book series may be hot at the moment - which may have been adapted to television or feature film.

"What is sometimes hard, though, is having teens help us get ideas for the programming available at the library," Korslund added. "We don't want to put on programs that they aren't specifically interested in."

The library would like students to put their two cents in to their program planning, such as game nights, book clubs and movie days.

"We've had horror movie nights before, a 'Just Dance' party, and holiday parties," she said. This year, Shelly Lumsden, a prevention coordinator with Community and Family Resources, is helping get kids to participate.

"Shelly would like them to think beyond the books and movies - to community-related issues," Korslund said. "To find projects they could work on to give them experience with leadership."

Lumsden said that while the organization has helped with game nights in the past, they thought it would be good to partner with the library regarding youth participation.

"Youth have different ideas that they could carry out into the community," she said. For example, the seventh- and eighth-grade Book Look book group, which met this past summer, held a program called "Unexpected Blessings." The students focused on a book, and had guest speaker Sarah Kopriva talk of her battle with cancer.

Teen Board meets on the second Tuesday of every month, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room at Kendall Young Library. It is open to anyone in grades six through 12.



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