Keene Memorial Library Identifies a Need for Teen Programming and Services

FREMONT – The Keene Memorial Library is applying for a grant to help bring teenagers in the community back into the library.

The library is applying for a grant after identifying a need for programming and services to local teens. The library hopes with the help of the grant, they will be able to provide a safe space and education to encourage literacy and community engagement with teenagers. Laura England-Biggs, the Youth Services Librarian with Keene Memorial Library, says they are applying for the Youth Grant for Excellence.

“What we are looking at is about $1,000. The Youth Grants for Excellence are done every year through the Nebraska Library Commission, which is kind of our state library organization,” said England-Biggs. “What we’re looking to do is entice the kids into coming back in by having incentives.”

The library is also planning to re-establish their Teen Advisory Board, which will give teenagers from the community a voice in the offerings of their public library. England-Biggs says the idea to re-establish the board came from reports of success from similar Teen Advisory Boards.

“Our new director, Tina Walker, has seen success with teen advisory groups at other library and asked if I would be interested,” said England-Biggs. “I said I would love to get the kids back in here and involved in the library day-to-day.”

The deadline to apply for the Youth Excellence Grant is next month, and the library should hear back on whether or not they received the grant in November.

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