(Ferndale Area District Library, Aug. 31, 2017)
FERNDALE, MI – Encouraging teens to frequent their public library more often has always been an uphill battle, but the Ferndale Area District Library’s determined to turn that around this September. Ferndale’s new teen engagement campaign begins with their new weekly Free Time Friday’s drop-in craft and movie program beginning on September 8, followed up by a new High School Book Club that starts September 25.
Teens might not realize it, yet, but their local library is an optimal place to hang out, relax, chat with friends, and just generally blow off some steam after a long day at school. It’s also, of course, an oasis of knowledge, literature, and online resources!
A recent Pew Research Study showed that coming-of-age groups such as Millennials are using the library far more frequently than past generations. Ferndale’s two new programs for teens can, in a small way, help assure that that trend continues into the next decade by stoking an enthusiasm in today’s young adults for visiting and utilizing their library. Today’s youngest Millennials are considered to be 18. While we don’t know how this next generation of 13-17-year-olds will be categorized, the Ferndale LIbrary will be doing their part to assure that they succeed the Millennials in their love for libraries.
Free Time Fridays for Teens: Starting Sept 8, at 3:30 pm, teens can come get their craft on by decorating school supplies. The weekly drop in activities will continue every Friday, with fun activities each week ranging from coloring giant table-sized mandalas, a screening of the modern classic Mean Girls, and making watercolor bookmarks. This casual, after-school recreational program for teens is hosted each Friday at 3:30 pm.
The High School Book Club will meet on the last Monday of every month at the Ferndale Library. For September, participating teens will be reading Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. We have five free copies of the book for those who sign up to attend! Pizza will also be provided.
No registration is required for either events, just an open mind to the possibility of how rewarding it can be–how cool it can be…to hang out more at your local library.
Free Time Friday will be held each week, from 3:30-6pm, with different activities throughout the month.
The High School Book Club will meet on the last Monday of each month at 6:30pm