Community Youth Center
The Library is poised to create a unique and inviting space for our teens and provide adequate space for our youth programs. Will you help us?
No other agency engages as many youth as the library.
- 1,009 free youth programs offered last year
- 31,746 youth participated in these free library programs
- 10,187 youth under the age of 18 actively used their own library cards last year
Current program room capacity of 26 people (750 square feet) has been outgrown.
- 3,500 square foot space will be renovated into Community Youth Center for all youth programs
- Adjacent Teen Room will be created to house teen books, materials, computers
- Currently teen materials are in a hallway, no computers, no study area
- New programs/events/activities will be implemented to target youth age 12 through 17
Local studies indicate a void in programs, services, and safe environments for teens.
- Teens (age 12 through 17) need a place to explore their independence
- Teens need a safe, nurturing environment to go and to grow
- Build positive self-esteem
- Learn about responsibility
- Experience leadership and success
- Practice self-management and self-control
Why a Community Youth Center and Teen Room at the library?
- Teens are already visiting the libraries to check out materials and access resources (10,187 last year)
- Library staff has strong lines of communication and support with area public and private school teachers, counselors, and resource personnel
- Library is open weekday evenings, weekends, and all summer long when schools are closed
- Library has a proven track record of success and all youth programs and services are FREE
- Economically it is more cost effective to expand programs at the library and take advantage of the existing infrastructure and resources rather than create a new entity or agency
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Have questions or want to talk to someone about our library needs? Contact Kim Haines at 540.434.4475 ext. 135 or use our Contact Form.