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Pound Ridge Library Faces Challenge Luring Teens

Pound Ridge Library Director Marilyn Tinter says one of her biggest challenges as a librarian is to get teenagers interested in the library. But she’s determined to make it happen.

“We are trying to promote teen activities here,” she said. “I think they’re a neglected population.”

She said the best way to do that is to lure them in with activities that interest them – the ol’ carrot on the end of the stick ploy.

“We want to turn them on to an enriching environment,” she said. “’Engaging’ and ‘connecting’ are words we like to use.”

Part of the challenge, Tinter said, is that the school district in which the library lies is comprised of four different towns. Once the kids leave Pound Ridge Elementary and move on to the Fox Lane schools, they tend to forget about the local library.

That’s where the library’s Summer Teen Program comes in. It’s the carrot at the end of the stick.

The library’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG) plays a pivotal role in coming up with program ideas that will lure teens to the library.

“They help choose the books and the programming and they share their ideas with us,” Tinter said. “We are trying to get [teens] to be fed their entertainment by something other the Internet.”

Tinter said that besides the programs themselves, one trick to lure them in is with food and snacks that they like.

“We always have good food,” she said with a laugh. “Pizza and popcorn and things like that.”

Creating themes is also a draw. Last year, the library used a luau theme that was popular and successful.

The program is for students in grades 6 through 12 and begins on with a Kick-Off Party on June 30 where teens can participate in the Minute to Win It game, based on the popular TV game show.

“We’ll also have a movie night featuring “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1” Tinter said. “Part 2 is coming out later this summer, so we thought that would set it up nicely.”

The program runs on Thursday nights, 7 to 9 p.m., from June 30 through August 11. The schedule is as follows:

June 30 – Kick-Off Party

July 7 – Guitar Hero Tournament

July 14 – Move Night: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 1”

July 21 – Homemade Hollywood with Clive Young, where teens can produce homemade movies featuring characters like Harry Potter

Aug. 4 – Chaos University with Stephen Sciame, where teens can role play in a world of magic (start time is 6:30 p.m.)

Aug. 11 – End of Summer Party, which features “Jeopardy,” where teens can test their trivia knowledge.

Registration is required for all events except movie night. Call (914) 764-5085 for more information.

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