Youth programming a hit at the library

Lisa Goudy
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Event organizer Hannah Elich assists Vivian Gauvin and daughter Ellie with the creation of a duct tape wallet during the duct tape DIY session at the Moose Jaw Public Library on Wednesday.

Adult programs also resume on Jan. 21

More youth have been coming out to the library’s teen programming.

“It’s a great place to meet people, to make friends and to have a fun afternoon or a fun evening,” said Moose Jaw Public Library assistant head librarian Laura Shtern. “We really started teen programming in 2013. We hadn’t done very much of it before that. So we’ve been building it up and it’s been going very well.”

The youth events for ages 10 to 18 are held every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Moose Jaw Public Library. The next upcoming event is a screening of Tim Burton’sThe Nightmare Before Christmason Jan. 8. No registration is required and admission is free for all teen programming.

The teen events held on Wednesday nights alternate between movie nights, a writing circle that meets once a month and a youth advisory council meeting and games night.

“The youth advisory council is open to everybody ages 10 to 18 and that’s teens coming to tell us about what kind of programming they’d like to see, what kind of resources they want us to have,” said Shtern.

“It’s their chance to engage with the library and tell us what they want from the library. That’s sort of a drop-in thing and then games night afterward. We have board games. We have an Xbox Kinect.360.”

The youth programming also includes a do-it-yourself craft project once a month. The first one scheduled for 2014 is rock painting on Jan. 29. In February the DIY will be making board games.

“One Saturday afternoon a month at 3 p.m. we have a manga club and the manga club is a lot of fun,” said Shtern. “Manga is Japanese comic books and the manga club has all sorts of things related to that. We play some games. There’s crafts. We watch anime, which is the TV shows of manga.”

She said attendance varies depending on the event. For events such as movie nights and DIY activities, between 15 and 20 teens usually come out.

“For teen programming that’s pretty great. Of course the more the merrier. We’re happy to have people come,” said Shtern.

Shtern added on Jan. 14, the adult programming resumes at the library.

“We’re going to be doing two intro to iPad classes,” she said. “If you’ve got an iPad, bring it. If not, there’ll be iPads for people to try out.”

On Jan. 14, the programs are at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. As with most programming, no registration is required. Admission is also free.

“We’ve found these have been very well attended,” said Shtern. “We’ve done several of these and we wanted to get one in right after Christmas for all the people who got iPads for Christmas.”

Beginning on Jan. 21, the library also continues its Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon adult programs. The Tuesday evening programs are at 7:30 p.m. and the Thursday afternoon programs are at 2:30 p.m.

“We bring in different speakers,” said Shtern. “There’s all sorts of different topics.”

On Jan. 21, there will be a program on naturopathic medicine. On Jan. 30, the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council will do a presentation.

The only program that requires registration is adult computer classes.

“(Those are) very small groups. So we can only have a few people,” said Shtern. “We will be doing another round of those this year, but we haven’t set the dates for them yet. We’ll announce when we’re ready to do those and those get filled up pretty quickly.”

For details on the adult and teen programming schedules, visit or call the library at 306-692-2787.

Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Public Library, Moose Jaw Multicultural Council

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