Amory Library unveils teen room

AMORY – Amory Municipal Library recently completed putting the finishing touches on its new teen room.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL AMORY LIBARY - Amory Municipal LIbrarian Brenda Wilson sets up a chess game in the new youth section of the library.  In the background are various board games that are available.

ALICE ORTIZ/MONROE JOURNAL
AMORY LIBARY – Amory Municipal LIbrarian Brenda Wilson sets up a chess game in the new youth section of the library. In the background are various board games that are available.

The new room was made possible by a grant from Mississippi Library Commission for approximately $14,000. The matching grant cost the library $1,400 to finish furnishing the room.
“We have plenty of activities for children up to ages 12, but nothing for older youth and teenagers. We are excited about having this for teenagers from 13 to 19 years of age.
We think having this teen room with books appropriate for that age, board games and a board game table will encourage them to come in, and hopefully they will get interested in reading some of the books when they see them,” said librarian Brenda Wilson.
The library last year received a grant for $3,000 to buy young adult books. The $14,000 grant enabled the library to renovate a special area for young adults.
The room has two computers, which are internet accessible using the regular library guidelines for internet usage. Parents need to sign for the younger participants.
There is new furniture, rugs, darkening screens for the windows, along with a new television with a blu ray player, on which the young adults can watch movies. Computer games can be checked out and played on the computers in the room as well.
The teen room also has a color printer with a scanner and headphones will be available for watching television.
“We also have a computer preloaded with educational software with math, music, languages and writing for ages 13 to 15. This will be something that will be of benefit to students,” Wilson said.
Also included in the grant will be funds allocated for teen after-school programming. Wilson said the first one will be on Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.
It will be beginner guitar lessons for ages 13 to 19 taught by John Wilson. The two-week program will be very basic. If someone has a guitar, they are encouraged to being it, but having a guitar is not required for the program.
“This room is only for young adults between 13 and 19. We are hoping it will attract that age to come in and see what is available for them,” Wilson said.
Wilson said the library’s staff is open to suggestions and would like to include that age group in the planning of any activities. Some of the activities the library is considering for the future are classes in creative writing, CPR and bullying.