Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Celebrate Teen Read Week @ the Library

Here's an update from Teen Services Librarian Geri Diorio.

You may hear occasional news stories about teens doing bad things. But not all teens are like that, and I wish there were more attention paid to the good things that teens do. One of the places where teens can go and find meaningful ways to spend their time is the library. Teens use the Ridgefield Library for homework and school projects, but also much more. They attend programs like Final Fridays and High School Critics, and they help run the Teen Advisory Group. Local teens know the Library has plenty of magazines, newspapers, graphic novels, and how-to books. We also offer movies, music CDs, video games, CD-ROMs and special programs. We have computers that Ridgefield teens use for homework, to keep in touch with friends and family, and to play games.

I’d like to tell teens who may not be using the Library that they should check it out. There is more to do here than they may think, and there are people here who can help them get their questions answered. A good time to stop by might be next week – Teen Read Week. The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has designated October 12 to 18 as Teen Read Week. This year’s theme is “Books with Bite,” and we’ll have displays of books that teens can read for the fun of it. There will be books of biting humor, vampire books, bite-sized books of short stories, adventure books where the hero bites the bullet, biting questions of philosophy and sound bites (audiobooks).

So, don’t forget to visit the Ridgefield Library during Teen Read Week. You’ll see plenty of teens here, and I guarantee you that they won’t be doing any of the bad stuff you hear about in the media.

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