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Library expansion would serve youth well

Dear Editor:

The library is the most important aspect of the community for me; there is an immense amount of services and programs that are utilized by the teens. The expansion of the teens’ section is very important to me because it is essential for the teens to have their own space to study, function and socialize.

If the teens’ space were larger and able to accommodate more users, the library could become a very trendy spot for the youth of the community.

The teen section of the Pitkin County Library is where I spend most of my time. A lot of the time, I am inviting my friends, but none of them want to come because they enjoy having conversations in a vocal volume above a murmur.

I’m a peer tutor at our school, and it would be marvelous to have an area here at the library to bring my peers and help them with their work and study for tests with a little more solitude than that of the desks in the current facilities. Also, having a larger designated area in the library for the teens could help keep teens off the streets and give them something to do, which could reduce the number of teens who do drugs and commit crimes in the community.

The new teen section would give the young-adult outreach programs more isolated vicinity to conduct our weekly programs. The expansion would also give the library more room to expand the young adult fiction and non-fiction book collections.

The expansion of the library is a very important advantage that the community could significantly benefit from. Please take this letter into consideration while pondering the expansion of the Pitkin County Library.

Anna Steinberg

Age 15, Aspen High School

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