Library’s Teen Board Growing
What started out as a small handful of students representing all regions of Fulton County has grown in recent months to include an estimated 12 members presiding as a panel of teen advisors to the Fulton County Library.
Simply known as “the board” among their peers and library officials, the group of concerned teen-agers has been meeting on a monthly basis for the last year coming up with suggestions ranging from book purchases to fun activities. The group is currently headed by Board President Kristiana Beers, Vice President Annetta Hartman and Emma Crouse as secretary.
Criteria, according to library Executive Director Jamie Brambley, is fairly simple with participants falling between the ages of 13 and 19. Participants are also required to have a Fulton County Library card, which is free for those signing up in advance or at meetings.
Brambley went on to say the purpose of the board is to get other teenagers interested in using the library through planned activities. The board is also responsible for supplying the executive director with suggestions regarding the most popular ideas for books, magazines and music that should adorn the library shelves both at the McConnellsburg and Hustontown branches.
Brambley stated, “We want to make sure teens know they are important to the library and want them to have fun here as well as be aware of all the library offers in terms of lifelong learning, reading for pleasure and help and support with school assignments. They are also helping us by raising funds to support the group and letting me know what types of books and other materials are most helpful for them.”
“We’re starting to see more interest in the board and their activities,” added Brambley. “We even had several teens, who hadn’t previously signed up, attend our Friday night back-to-school sleepover.”
The sleepover included a specially prepared Italian dinner, which will hopefully be an ongoing means of exposing the youths to different cuisines from around the world. In addition, the group enjoyed the antics of Christine Wheeler of the Crystal Spring area, who volunteered making balloon animals as well as face painting and hair coloring. The Wii and board games were also instrumental in keeping the group awake and active through the wee hours of the morning.
The board’s upcoming schedule is tentatively set for September 24, October 22, November 5, December 3 and January 28. All meetings are held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and activities follow nightly, ending at 8 p.m.
Brambley said even though the upcoming activities are in the planning stages, the October event will likely include a costume party with food and prizes. The group is also considering possibly hosting a cookie party in December and possibly going caroling for the holidays. Geocaching that had been previously scheduled for the summer has been temporarily delayed until spring 2011.
Community service remains a possibility as well with food and toy collection, on the radar as tentative plans for the board.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the board or wishing to participate in its fun-filled lineup of post-meeting activities is asked to contact Brambley at the Fulton County Library by calling 717-485-5327 or via e-mail at jbrambley@ fclspa.org.