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Library teen reading program coming June 4

Reading is for teens, too, and starting Friday they can prove it in an Ennis Public Library program tailored to their interests.
The 2007 Teen Summer Read, spearheaded by library staff and the Friends of the Library’s volunteer and advisory corps, kicks off Monday, June 4. It’s the first ever teenage-geared reading project for Ennis, and organizers are excited about the opportunity to reach a segment of community youth previously untapped by local literary programming.
“The Friends of the Library saw a need in our community and really addressed it,” said circulation librarian Jessica Strunc Diaz. “Children between the ages of 13 and 18 tend to read less for pleasure due to the demands of school. We wanted to encourage our youth to explore the library and some of the great new young adult titles that have recently been added to our collection.”
Registration for Teen Summer Read began May 14. Forms can be picked up from now through June at the library, and must be filled out and returned by Monday’s kickoff. Reading logs and suggested reading lists will be available beginning Friday.
To win prizes at the conclusion of the program, including $20 gift cards to music stores, restaurants and other teen haunts, entrants must read five books (grade or age-appropriate) with at least one of the titles coming from the library’s suggestion list.
On Monday the Teen Summer Read “come and go kickoff” will take place between 1-3 p.m. outside the Brown Street rear entrance, hosted by the Friends of the Library.
“Snacks will be served, and the suggested reading lists and the reading logs can be picked up then,” said Diaz. “If you’re not able to attend, you can pick these items up later at the front desk of the library.”
The teen read, targeting youth from 7th grade up, is one of the first initiatives of the Friends of the Library’s special Teen-Senior committee, appointed in February by group vice-president Connie Durbin. The new committee consists of Laurie Wilson, Kathy Morse, Robin Gutierrez, Carolyn Clayton, Barbara Sims, Rosa Lee Wilson and J’Layna Betik. The subcommittee directly responsible for arranging the teen read includes Gutierrez, Diaz and Susie Wilson.
According to a mission statement drafted by Durbin, the committee was formed “to investigate and facilitate programs for teens, adults and seniors in our community through the library.”
In staff and volunteer discussions over the last three months, the committee identified teen programming as one of the highest priorities of outreach.
Friends member Laurie Wilson has been called by others on the Teen-Senior committee as “one of the driving forces behind the program.”
She appreciates the praise but said everyone has helped to get the new reading ball rolling.
Said Wilson: "I and other members of our committee are grateful for the overwhelming support and commitment that we have received from both the Friends of the Library and the library staff in getting this new teen program off the ground in such a short amount of time.
“We have been fortunate as well for the assistance of local school librarians and teachers."
This summer’s new teen-aimed reading event is expected to compliment the long established and consistently successful summer reading program for children ages 5-12.
“I really hope that teens will take advantage of this new program,” said Diaz, “because we’d love to see it continue to grow and be as successful as our summer reading program for grade-schoolers.”
For more information contact Diaz at 972-875-5360.
The Ennis Public Library is located at 501 W. Ennis Ave.

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