Reading Riot: A Year of Teen Programs in Review
As 2015 winds down, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year and all that teens have accomplished at the library. It has been a busy and productive 12 months!
About 500 young adults participated in more than 60 programs at the library. A variety of events were offered to appeal to a wide range of tastes. To encourage personal health and safety, presenters taught fitness, self-defense, skincare and babysitting classes. We got tech savvy learning to download library books to electronic devices and with a robotics demonstration.
Teens reached out to others performing Random Acts of Kindness and donating hand-made blankets to the Oak Springs Nursing Home. The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) broadened their horizons by hosting a social to welcome a group of foreign exchange students who attend local high schools and made lasting friendships.
It took a village of volunteers to keep many of these activities rolling. Eighty-two TAG members and teen helpers logged more than 1,200 volunteer hours during the Summer Reading Program, tutoring children throughout the school year, helping at our Santa visits and generally assisting the library in any way they were asked. The library is immensely grateful for all their support.
As for myself, it has been rewarding to share in these activities along with the young adults in the community and I look forward to many more memories.
I wish all a happy and prosperous new year!
∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library
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