T.A.G.! Teens are it at the library

By Lisa Capobianco

Staff Writer

The Southington Public Library is in search of local teenagers interested in becoming participants of its new Teen Advisory Group (T.A.G).

T.A.G offers teens ages 13 to 18 an opportunity to share ideas about activities, materials and improvements to help transform the library into a better place for young adults. The group is also a way for students to fulfill community service requirements, which enhances resumes and college applications.

Teen Librarian Julie Rio said the goal of T.A.G. is to create a more “welcoming place for teens” by learning more about their interests.

“As library users, they should want to have a say in what goes on,” Rio said. “I want them to have a voice.”

Rio reported that about five teens have already committed to the new group, and hopes to receive more sign-ups soon.

Sue Smayda, the executive director of the library, said T.A.G. is “long overdue,” especially since other libraries already have programs like these for local teenagers. She said she feels excited to give teens an opportunity to play a role in the decision-making process for library programs and activities.

“Teens are a group we always want to reach,” Smayda said. “We really want them to get involved.”

Any teens interested in becoming members of T.A.G. can contact Julie Rio at (860) 628-0947 or at rioj@southington.org.

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