Winter library celebration for teens

Published 10:04 pm Thursday, January 9, 2020

Spots are still available to register for the Suffolk Public Library’s “Winter Teen Lock-In” celebration set for Jan. 24. The event will be held on Jan. 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W. Washington St. The doors will close at 6:50 p.m.

According to the event page, there will be “Minute 2 Win-it” challenges, raffle prizes, pizza and snacks, as well as ice breaker activities for teens to get to know one another.

A VIP lounge will have “bottle and snack service” for summer 2019 interns and teen library influencers, a dance party with a live DJ, and a video gamers lounge with multiple game consoles.

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Teen Services Senior Librarian Asa Heyward wrote in an email that the purpose of the lock-in is “to provide a fun, safe and engaging environment that promotes positive social interaction of teens,” and that the program will benefit teens by “building a sense of community and camaraderie among teens and their peers while celebrating each other’s accomplishments.”

“What’s special about this installment of the teen lock-in is that a number of teens in the community have played a critical role in the planning and inception of this event,” Heyward wrote. “One our goals for teen services is to give teens a sense of ownership in the library and its services. Their thoughtful input for the Winter Teen Lock-In is the step in that direction.”

The “Winter Teen Lock-In” is for teens ages 14 to 18. Permission slips are required, and are available at all Suffolk Public Library locations. As of Thursday, 13 of the 30 available registration spots are taken.