Teens are important to Aspen’s library
July 22, 2012
I was saddened to read a recent letter to the editor regarding teen users of the library and the proposed expansion of the Pitkin County Library. Teens are a vital part of any community, and how the community views them will reflect on those young adults’ concerns (or lack of them) for the future of Aspen and Pitkin County.
The library serves as an important community gathering place of all residents, and I am thrilled that we have an active and devoted teen population. Not only are they reading, they are studying and sharing their ideas. What better place to do these things than in a library.
We as a community can only benefit from acknowledging their importance and supporting their growth in any way we can. The Pitkin County Library has done this in many ways, with providing programs on ACT/SAT preparation, American Red Cross babysitting training, Pitkin Pals, which matches high school volunteers with younger children to foster their reading skills, tutoring opportunities and much, much more.
I look forward to the new addition and remodeling of the library that will not only provide our community with a bigger and more inviting meeting space but also study rooms and more room for books for our teens – our future.
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Youth Services Librarian
Pitkin County Library