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Community - July 4, 2012

Reading group targets teens

by Allison Silverman

Enter the meeting room of the Menlo Park Library and experience something seemingly out of place: a group of teenagers talking loudly and excitedly, eating snacks and discussing literature.

This is the Teen Advisory Group (TAG), a handful of teenagers interested in helping the library and reading books together. At the most recent meeting last week, they chose the reading material for this year's summer book club.

The group is run by Angela Kroner, who also assists with activities during the year.

TAG is supported by the Friends of the Library, the members of which provide free books and snacks.

TAG plans other ways to reach out to teens as well as the book club, mainly connected to the annual summer reading program, which offers prizes and an end-of-summer party to try to entice more teens to visit the library and read.

The theme this year is freedom — "the library is yours ... to be free and to express yourself," said Ms. Kroner, referring to the teenage participants and to the party.

Programs have been lacking some "momentum" because the library was closed for remolding, explained Ms. Kroner. The group also plans to continue organizing teen contests, such as the recent one for best photo.

The next TAG meeting will be at the main Menlo Park Library, located at 800 Alma St. in the Civic Center, on Thursday, July 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. It is open to students in grades 7 through 12.

Email to contact Angela Kroner and get more information.

Visit for more information on TAG.


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