Rachel Anderson, the young adult librarian at Logan Library, didn’t know what to expect when she took charge of an after school program for teenagers. “Starting this job, I didn’t really know – I mean I knew I liked teens – but I’ve been so surprised at how intelligent they are, at how hysterical they are. They’re so funny. I like them better than people my own age,” she said. Every Tuesday at 4 p.m., Anderson gets to hang out with about six or seven teenagers at the library’s Teen Tuesday. There are a handful of regular teenagers who come. Sometimes they bring friends, and sometimes other teens join in. Each week the group watches movies, plays video or board games or does crafts. Anderson develops friendships with the regular participants and gets to know their tastes in movies and books. “They get to hang out with someone who’s a little bit older and get my perspective on things, but also they get to meet fellow teens and talk about their different schools and what’s going on in their lives,” Anderson said. The two-year-old program promotes the Logan Library and shows young adults that there is more to do at the library than read. “It’s not just about studying or a boring place to come. It’s also fun, it’s entertainment, it’s social,” she said. There are no attendance fees or registration forms and teens don’t need a library card to come to the weekly activities. Teenagers from all over the valley are invited to participate. While there’s no real age limit, activities are aimed for kids ages 12 to 18. – firstname.lastname@example.org
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