Archive for Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Teen Time

Library looks at becoming after-school hangout

Tonganoxie teens play “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures.” after school at the Tonganoxie Public Library.

Tonganoxie teens play “Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures.” after school at the Tonganoxie Public Library.

December 2, 2009

Royce Kitts, director of the Tonganoxie Public Library, discusses what the library is doing to help attract teens in Tonganoxie.

Q: What kinds of events/programs are available for teens at the library?

A: During the summer, we offer a teen summer reading program. During the school year, we offer an After School Teen Club where the teens can hang out, enjoy refreshments and have a chance to be loud without bugging anyone. They like to play games during this after-school time and we have done a good job of providing the kinds of games that they like to play.

Q: Why did the library start having specific programs for Tonganoxie teens?

A: The library board saw a need in the community for teens to have a place to hang out after school, and when I was hired they made this a point of emphasis.

Q: How has the response been?

A: It depends on the day, but we have a core group of 5-10 kids who show up quite often.

Q: What has been the most popular activity?

A: Probably the gaming after school. A lot of the kids go to school together and this is a chance to have some fun before they head home for the night.

Q: Are there any programs or events for teens planned in the future?

A: We are always looking for something fun to do. One of our next projects is taking apart an old computer that no longer works. It gives the teens a chance to tinker with technology without worrying about doing any damage to it.

Comments

Jason Bailey 5 years ago

I had always thought that libraries were a place to exercise our minds and sharpen our intellect and knowledge of the world. The fact that a library is offering mind-numbing video games as a way to entice kids is very disheartening. Don't get me wrong, I love playing games and do so nearly every evening but I certainly do not pretend that gaming is synonymous with intellectual engagement.

Our kids are already losing the precious skills of grammar and writing ability due to TXTING and facebook. Read a high schooler's essay and you'll be appalled at what is passable in today's "Social Promotion" educational system. The last refuge of intellectual growth has succumbed to the culture.

Don't LOL @ me when America becomes a has been in the world society of movers and shakers. All you have to do is look at the education that like-aged youth are getting in India and even China to understand we are in trouble. Video games in libraries only deepens this chasm between our literacy and the literacy of other developed nations.

A sad day, indeed.

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