Teens form advisory board at Old Colorado City Library

       A poster has gone on display in the Old Colorado City Library this month, inviting teens to a Halloween Party Oct. 30.
       Scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room, it will be the first public event by the library's first-ever “teen advisory board,” according to Jocelyne Bodden, the library manager.
       The party is free, with a vampire theme based on the contemporary, youth-oriented “Twilight” book series by Stephenie Meyer. “We're asking kids to dress up, come to the library and bring a treat if they want to,” Bodden said. Music from the Stephenie Meyer “playlist” (she likes to write to music) will be featured, and there will also be gothic poetry reading, “Twilight” trivia, Wii and other games and food.
       Because of limited space in the downstairs, those who would like to attend are asked to call for information ahead of time at the library number: 634-1698.
       In all, the board consists of 17 to 25 teenagers - about equal numbers of boys and girls - between the ages of 12 and 18. They meet monthly on the fourth Saturday at 3 p.m., and new members are welcome.
       No particular member is in charge. “They're just kids who were already coming to the library and want to be involved with their friends,” Bodden said. “At every meeting they talk about books, so it relates back to the teen collection. It's really exciting to have kids interested in the library like this.”
       At two previous library jobs in other communities, Bodden has led the formation of teen groups, but she credited part-time library clerk Tiffany Paisley for pulling this one together over the past three months.
       “We saw the need for it,” Paisley said when asked how it came about. “There were a lot of teens coming in and hanging out at the library. They realized this was a resource, a place they could feel safe.”
       In some cases, she said, what brought the kids to the library was the facility's publicly available Internet connection (not having that capability at their homes).
       Paisley, who's studying to become an English teacher, got to know several of the kids and this evolved into the advisory board. She said other actions the group has taken include setting up a computer laptop lab for teens on Wednesday nights, preparing for the ACT/SAT high school test with the help of an “excellent database” online and making a list of books that they recommend to other teens.

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