Library program gains exposure
The Basehor Community Library will receive national recognition for its development of a teen library program.
In December, assistant librarian Jenny Laytham gave a presentation at the Mountain Plains Library Association conference regarding the library's work with a teen advisory group.
During the presentation, Laytham outlined the group's goals and the library's reasoning for organizing the group.
Following the presentation, library officials were told the teen advisory group would be featured in a national librarian's publication, "A Voice of Youth Advocates."
The publication is sent to numerous libraries nationwide.
"It's basically a library magazine that is helpful for promos, programs and book reviews.
Laytham said the library was honored to be a part of the national publication.
The teen advisory group was organized in 1999 as a way to get teens interested in the library as well as give them another forum to interact besides school, Laytham said.
"One thing it does is bring them into the library and gives them a chance to talk about their ideas," Laytham said. "It's also a place they can socialize other than school."
As part of the group, teens have become involved in not only the library but also the surrounding community, Laytham said.
Recently, the teen group read to senior citizens at the Hickory Villa retirement complex.
Laytham said the group would continue to participate in community projects in the future as well.
"We have done a lot of good things and for a community so small, we usually have a lot of people show up to do them," she said. "They represent the library well."
The teen advisory group meets once a month and open to all teens in the area, Laytham said.
"We are always looking for more people to come and join us," she said.
The culmination of the year for the teen advisory group is Teen Read Week, scheduled for the third week of October. The week is designed a week for the group to participate in reading related activities.