Friday, October 4, 2013
By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
It was “game on” for middle and high school students at the Austintown Library Sept. 10.
After school, they came to the meeting room in the library to play video games on a large projector screen. It was part of the library’s new after-school program for teens.
“There will be something [in the meeting room] for them every day,” said Cindy Beach, librarian.
Many students visit the library following school hours.
“It’s something for them to do,” Beach said about the program.
Every Tuesday will be video game day. The students played a newly-released football game Sept. 10. Beach has pre-ordered another game set to be released soon. There are a variety of other games for the teens to play, as well, and they can bring their own games.
The library has obtained a movie license, and will show movies some days. The meeting room is also a place where the children can eat a snack, talk, and do homework without disturbing other library patrons, Beach said.
Kara Hallock and Haley Caruso, both sixth-graders at Austintown Middle School, walk to the library every day after school.
On Sept. 10, they finished their homework in the meeting room.
“We just found out that this program was here and we wanted to have a place we could talk to our friends,” said Hallock. “I think it’s great.”
“I think that it’s pretty cool that you get to hang out with your friends,” she said.
Beach said they may offer other activities, such as crafts, in the future.
Both Hallock and Caruso said they’d be interested in that type of activity.