TAG adds teen involvement to library offerings

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By The Staff

TELL CITY - Involvement in the library's Teen Awareness Group is good, Lisa Hammack told the Tell City-Perry County Public Library board Wednesday.

Hammack said their Halloween movie night Oct. 21 was a success and some group members would like to have a lock-in where they would stay in the library and read all night. "These kids really want to be here and do this," she said. "That just shows that the ones who are involved are really involved."

The group, which meets the first Tuesday of each month, is a 25-member advisory panel which was formed four years ago to ensure the ongoing development of young adult services, materials and programming at the library, to attract teens to the library and to get their input regarding ways to meet the needs of teens in the community. Included in this group are students in grades seven through 12 who live in Perry County.

Library Director Larry Oathout said TAG members have really helped with developing the young-adult department. TAG members make overall suggestions about what books, magazines, audio books, DVDs and programming the library should have for their age group. They also read, discuss and review young-adult books, give input on the teen Web site and promote library programs to their peers.

Oathout and bookmobile employees Brandi Sanders and Debbie Feix attended the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 8-11.

It was refreshing to talk with people who are doing the same thing, Feix told the board Wednesday. Right now, she said, Sanders is working to put the bookmobile stops on Google Maps so patrons will be able to see where they are. Also, they came away with several tips that they'll be able to use to further help patrons.