[UPDATED]Published 10:46am Thursday, October 17, 2013 Updated 12:55pm Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Fergus Falls Public Library is officially more teen-friendly thanks to a generous donation by the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club.
On Tuesday, October 15, the library hosted an open house for the new teen area which included an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and addresses by Kiwanians’ members, Mayor Leland, library staff, and several of the NINJAS (the library’s teen advisory group).
Improving the library’s teen area was the Kiwanis’ signature project under the guidance of Past President Chad Miller, President Anne Martens, and Vice President Ryan Cheshire.
The former teen space housed only books and there wasn’t enough room to accommodate the growing collection. With the two new custom shelving units, there is now more room for the books and the shelves aren’t as packed.
Also located in the area are four comfortable lounge chairs and two occasional tables to help make the space more inviting and welcoming. Prior to this project, teens didn’t have a space of their own for homework, reading, or hanging out with friends. “It’s definitely not as crowded as before,” said Dawson Rodriguez, NINJAS member and eighth-grade student at Kennedy Secondary School.
The funds given by the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club for the new furnishings are in honor of the late Merald Enstad, a longtime Kiwanian and Fergus Falls resident who served as the organization’s International President during his 64-year membership.
A plaque in honor of Mr. Enstad is proudly displayed in the new space.
The library NINJAS have been dreaming of a new area since the teen advisory group was created almost three years ago.
They have put together slideshows and presentations of other library space that they liked and also helped with the planning process.
Besides having a place to hang out, teens can also take advantage of our popular young adult (YA) collection.
We have a large selection of novels as well as a non-fiction, audiobook, graphic novels, and digital collection just for middle and high school students.
Teens, grades sixth through 12th, can become involved at the library by joining the NINJAS (new members always welcome), volunteering, participating in the annual summer reading program, and attending special events.
We have plans to add a new teen space sign, magazine and brochure holders, and additional pieces to display community information. In the mean time, we encourage you to check out the new furnishings the next time you’re at the library.
Rodriguez also thinks the new area is “a great use of space and makes roaming and reading books in the library easier for teens.”
Sisters and NINJAS members Elizabeth and Mary Grotberg expressed their thanks to the Kiwanis group and said that the new furniture “is really comfortable.”
As stated on their website, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
On behalf of the staff at FFPL, the library NINJAS, and all the teens (present and future) in our community, we’d like to thank the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club for changing our library for the better!
Arielle Krohn is the youth librarian at the Fergus Falls Public Library.