TeenTober, formerly known as Teen Read Week, is a national literacy initiative created by Young Adult Library Services Association. First started in 1998 as a weeklong celebration in October, it encourages teens to become regular library users and advocates. This year YALSA’s board decided to re-envision Teen Read Week into a longer and larger awareness campaign. Thus, TeenTober was born.
TeenTober is off to a fantastic start at the Harbaugh~Thomas Library located in Biglerville. As of October 1st we opened a great space for teens in seventh through twelfth grade. The Harbaugh~Thomas Foundation generously renovated a former storage room into a beautiful safe space for teens to work, learn, and relax. It is open weekdays Tuesday through Friday after school and Saturday afternoons. Teens will find five up-to-date computers used to play games and or complete school assignments. Six tables are located throughout the space and can be used to complete homework or play a variety of board games. Our growing collection of graphic novels and manga has also moved to the teen space.
Several programs are offered monthly for teens. One that I’m really proud of is our Teen Book Club that has been unceasingly meeting twice a month for the last couple of years. Teens in grades ninth through twelfth discuss books from a variety of genres and we even try to include a non-fiction title each year. Two titles that we will be reading this month include the young adult fantasy novel, “Ash Princess” by Laura Sebastian, and the atmospheric “The Replacement” by Brenna Yovanoff. New members and readers are always welcome! Copies of the book are provided.
Our newly created Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meets the first Friday of every month. TAB is an open forum for teens to discuss ideas and participate in planning and promoting upcoming activities at the public library. Teens are important and we want them to know their voice and ideas matter. TAB is one way for them to become involved in taking ownership of the space.
Teen Game Nights have been a hit. Before our computers and Nintendo Switch were set up we hosted several old fashion board game nights. Rounds of Clue, Oregon Trail, What Do You Meme?, and my new favorite, Bananagrams, were played. We plan on continuing to have monthly board game and video game nights.
Events for teens are taking place all across the county. New Oxford Library has a teen program the first Friday of every month, a teen book discussion on the third Friday of the month, and an after-school movie the fourth Friday of the month. Carroll Valley Library’s teen book club will meet Monday, October 14th at 6 p.m. to discuss “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater. The teens can also help with a haunted house in the Carroll Valley Park on Trunk or Treat Night taking place Friday, October 25th at 6 p.m. Be sure to check out the events page at www.adamslibrary.org for more information and happenings specific to each library branch.
Stop in and see us or call 717-677-6257 if you have any questions. The Harbaugh~Thomas Library is open Monday noon-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday noon-8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Submitted by Kaila Waybright, Branch Assistant at Harbaugh~Thomas Library