Teen Saturday coming this weekend to Shelton library

Lizzy MacDougall, a sophomore at Shelton High School, loves going to the teen program at Plumb Memorial Library because “there is always something new and different going on, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Coming up on March 8 is Teen Saturday, an all-afternoon event at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. The day starts at 12:30 with Booked for Lunch, a tragic romance. Create is at 1:45, and at 3, movie critics screen over light refreshments.

Megan Doyle, a sophomore at Shelton High School, agreed with Lizzy. She joined the teen program at Plumb Memorial Library for a chance to have fun and interact with her peers. She’s part of a program for teens 13-18 to have a safe place to be and make a difference at the Shelton library.

Takes place every other Saturday

Every other Saturday, Plumb puts on these three groups. Booked for Lunch is the first, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Teens come having read (or not) the assigned book, which is available in advance from the Teen Room.

Participants are treated to something to eat while they chat about the book and other things of interest.

“It’s a great way to make friends and do new things,” said Lizzy.

About the day

From 1:45 to 2:45, is Teen Boost, where they work on cooking and crafts — activities vary. Teens have painted plates and trivets, made terrariums, cooked up soap, re-used T-shirts to make bags, and more.

Teen Movie Critics from 3 to 5:30 closes out the afternoon. Teens select the film and it is shown on a wall-mounted television in the Teen Room; they also get something to eat. Sometimes the film is part of a “package,” like The Host by Stephenie Meyer, where the book and movie are discussed on the same day.

“I have so many great memories from the Saturdays we have had at the library,” said Megan. “We have been able to have big events like our annual overnight, when we hung out at the library and had one big sleepover, which was also really fun. I’m so glad that they made this teen program because there was not much to do at the library for teens besides checking out books.”

Other programs

Teen volunteer orientation sessions are offered once a month on a Saturday morning. Parents are required to attend the part where library staff explain that schedules are determined by the youths’ ability to get to the library.

The two-hour session is required before teens may work on the hours they need for school or church, but usually one of the two hours on the first day is an actual work period, so they get off to a good start.

There is also the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) for the same age group. These teens have made selections of decorations for the library, painted the Teen Room floor with chalk paint so they can write on it, and helped reorganize the books and media in the department.

TAB is a small group but is active in supporting teen services. It is helping to shape the Teen Summer Reading Program again.

“Last year they wanted a masquerade ball to end the summer, and they made it happen,” said Elspeth Lydon, director of the library system. “They went around the downtown requesting businesses provide a small $10 prize for the weekly drawings.”

New members are always welcome, said Lydon. For more information about the events and more, call Plumb at 203-924-9461 or visit SheltonLibrarySystem.org.