Wednesday, January 6, 2010


The Canastota Public Library has a group of teens who meet at the library every Wednesday after school. The Libra-teens range in age from 11 to 16. Generally, fifteen to twenty teens attend the weekly programs.

The first event for the fall was redecorating the teen room. That project, which actually began as a part of the Summer Reading Program, allowed the teens to create a new brick and graffiti look to the teen room. Once the new wall hangings were in place, colorful stars were added to the ceiling. New lounge chairs and pillows help to give the teens a place to sit and read or to talk quietly with friends. A bulletin board displays artwork of the students and a calendar of events is posted in the room to allow the teens to know what events will be coming up!

This year, the group has listened to several guest speakers. A workshop on Healthy Relationships was provided by Liberty Resources staff. The group also heard a presentation regarding World Hunger. After this talk, the group donated non-perishable food items to the Opportunity Shop. Recently, teens met with Amanda Hewitt, Product Development Manager at Nelson Farms. Hewitt brought recipes and demonstrated how to make holiday gifts from the kitchen. The group also held a “Survivor Day” at the library where they used library skills to win the game.

Plans for the rest of the year include speakers from Operation Wildcat and Bridges Prevention Program. The teens have planned a movie afternoon, a Valentine’s Party and a recycled craft day.

For more information, call us or stop by our teen room and check out the schedule. You just might realize that the library is a fun place to meet!

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