Teen Programs at the Library

The Teen Space at the Harbaugh~Thomas Library in Biglerville has officially been open for a little over three months. It is a spacious room beautifully renovated by the Harbaugh~Thomas Foundation from a once gray unfinished storage area to a now brightly lit space for teens in grades seven through twelve. Recent additions to the space since my last article have been an impressive surround sound system including a near floor to ceiling screen and projector. We swapped out a solid door for a glass one that opens to a small study room. Students wishing to muffle the afterschool buzz created by their peers can use this room and whiteboard table for group projects, homework, or tutoring sessions.
Our Teen Book Club continues to meet steadily the second and fourth Friday of every month afterschool. The selected titles for February are the contemporary fiction novel, “When Dimple Met Rishi” by Sandhya Menon, and the page turning thriller, “Dark Song” by Gail Giles. Copies of the book are provided and newcomers are always welcome.

Similar to our routine programs we also have several special programs planned for teens. Scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th at 3:30 p.m. is Book Making with Mrs. Ehly. Some of you may recognize her from the Upper Adams Middle School where she teaches. Mrs. Ehly is lending her creativity to teach several different techniques on how to fold and cut paper to create one’s own mini book. A month later on Thursday, March 19th, the first day of spring, at 3 p.m. Mike Group will be leading a discussion on sustainability. To see a complete calendar with all of our events please visit www.adamslibrary.org or stop our desk.

If you enjoy spending time with teens we would like to invite you to volunteer. Do you have a special skill or craft you’d love to share with a small group? Are you a quasi-small town chess expert? Interested in sharing your imagination in a role playing game? We’ve had several teens express interest in starting a Dungeons & Dragons group. I’ll admit my knowledge of D&D is limited to what I’ve seen watching television episodes of “Stranger Things” and “Community”.  I fear I’m not qualified to be a Dungeon Master. We are grateful for all of our volunteers and would love to highlight your area of interest.
Events for teens can be found all across Adams County. New Oxford Area Library has a special teen program the first Friday of every month that varies and a teen book discussion on the third Friday of the month at 3 p.m. Littlestown Library has a Wii Wednesday planned for Wednesday, March 18th at 4 p.m. Students ages 11-17 can gather to play a friendly game of Mario Kart. Lastly, the Gettysburg Library will be starting a Teen Advisory Board (TAB) next month. TAB is an open forum for teens to discuss ideas and participate in planning and promoting activities at the library. Meetings will be the second Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m. for teens 12 and over.

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. The Teen Space is open Tuesday and Thursday 2:45 p.m.-8 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 2:45 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Kaila Waybright, Branch Assistant at Harbaugh~Thomas Library