Middle Schoolers at the Library: A Very Good Thing

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By Cynthia Stosse, Head of Children/Youth Services

Atlantic News, Friday, October 28, 2005

[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News]

It may have been a rainy day outside, but children visiting the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton were full of sunshine. Pictured here in the Children's Room are Ashley Levesque, Conor Considine, Liam Considine, Rachael Granigan and Lauren Considine.
[Atlantic News Courtesy Photo]

Special to 21 Voices:

HAMPTON -- Local middle school students are busy at the Lane Memorial Library. The town of Hampton has an amazing group that has become an important part of each day at the library.

Every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30-5 p.m., homework help is available. The library is looking for volunteers, grade 8 and up to assist with this service. Any student interested should submit a paragraph explaining experiences, availability and why they would like to help.

Every other Monday at 2:30 p.m., seventh grade students are invited to participate in an on-going book group. The other Mondays at 3 p.m. are the time for fifth and sixth graders to have their book group meetings. These students are invited to attend the meetings and find out what it is all about; or, they can call Cheryl French at (603) 926-4729 for more information.

On Tuesdays and Fridays the Lane Room is open as a drop-in center/ study hall center for our "teens." It is a place for them to work together on projects, spend time with friends, or just relax. Cheryl is always available and has been encouraging the students to help with the new "Teen" space on the library's Web site.

In addition to the regular weekly homework help, every other Wednesday the third and fourth grade book group meets at 4 p.m. Thursday is "Teen Time" in the Lane Room where students can meet, relax and visit with friends. One Thursday a month is a "teen chosen" movie. Permission slips are required to attend the movie.

Because of school commitments, the writing group is meeting as time permits and by e-mail correspondence. The first teen literary magazine - "Zoom into Chompas" - has arrived, with original works by our young patrons. Book reviews will also be found in that publication, done by students for students. Additional contributions are welcome. The deadline for submissions for the next issue is Saturday, December 3. Call Cheryl French for the scoop.

Cheryl has begun a Teen Advisory Board. It is made up approximately 12 Hampton Academy students who keep the library informed of the needs and desires of the teens. They are a very active group and will be working toward expanding the programs and activities that will include all teens.

Information about the teen activities can be found in the library's newsletter or the Web site. As always, call (603) 926-4729 with any questions, or come in and visit and see what a great place the Lane Memorial Library is for everyone.

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