Sugar Grove Public Library teen programs

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There are three magazine subscriptions that the library has, along with coloring books that teens are free to use anytime.

There are three magazine subscriptions that the library has, along with coloring books that teens are free to use anytime.

Photo by Thomas Eastham

Photo by Thomas Eastham

There are three magazine subscriptions that the library has, along with coloring books that teens are free to use anytime.

By: Thomas Eastham, Reporter

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Whether you have some down time in your schedule or want to get out and make some new friends, the Sugar Grove Public Library offers a range of programs for kids of all ages.  Genna Mickey is the head of these programs.

Mickey has been running the teen library programs since last August, she is the head of the Teen Advisory Board or what the kids call “Dumbledore’s Army.” Dumbledore’s Army decides on what programs are going to be created and what the monthly craft project is.

“My librarian peers give me program ideas, I make a list and let the advisory group vote on it,” Mickey said.

There are currently four programs running for teens: Anime Club, Video-gaming Club, Minecraft Club and Dumbledore’s Army. If teens want to attend one of these programs or join Dumbledore’s Army, they would need to contact the leader of the program. The library also lists the programs they offer on their website here: http://sugargrove.evanced.info/signup/calendar?lib=ALL

“The programs are created by teens, they often come and ask me to make programs. They run them themselves,” Mickey said.

Dumbledore’s Army creates monthly craft projects that anybody can attend. During the school year, most of the programs meet on the weekends to fit into their member’s schedules.

“We try to offer more on the weekends because of school, we also try to have a different craft activity every month,” Mickey said.

The library has its own special area called the “Teen Zone.” This area is fully furnished with chairs, a television and computers.

“Because of the space, we can use the Teen Zone, which has games, PC’s and unique decorations,” Mickey said.

The programs that the library offers are a great way to gain new experiences and life skills, but they are also a great way to make new friends in the process.

“We want the kids to learn new things, meet new friends and most importantly have fun,” Mickey said.

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