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Hancock library offers free pizza to teens

January 15, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Like most young people, teens in Hancock are often looking for things to do when they are not in school.

Marilyn Pontius has just the thing, at least every fourth Friday at the War Memorial Library in Hancock where she is librarian.

Teens After Hours was begun in September and was well attended, Pontius said. Unfortunately there were just six teens at the October session. And then the holiday season kicked in.

"We are having our next Teens After Hours on Friday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.," Pontius said. The age requirement is 12 to 18 years old.

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A poster about Teens After Hours is on the front door of the library which is in Widmeyer Park just down the hill from Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

"I also sent a poster to the school so the kids would know to come," she said.

The two-hour session is purposely unstructured and allows the teens to use the library computers, play board games and enjoy pizza.

"We also have Wii sports games and dance, dance revolution," Pontius said. Teens are encouraged to bring their own music and their own Wii games, too.

Like most small towns, Hancock has little to offer teens after hours. "Kids have fast food places where they hang out and in cars here at the park," she said.

Pontius said the program at the library could be something that might grow if participation is there. "I hope to attract them in with activities as well as the free pizza," she said.

A result of a push for more programming at libraries around Washington County, Teens after Hours isn't the only new offering in Hancock.

"We are also offering a mother/daughter book club about every six weeks," Pontius said.

Beginning at 11 a.m., the event includes discussion of a book and then a movie showing. On Jan. 10, the book was "Ella Enchanted" followed by the showing of the movie of the same name.

This event, which includes a light lunch, is geared for children at least 10 years old and their moms. Another session is planned for early March.

Pontius said while there isn't a lot of room in the current library building, she is trying to make do.

"There is no community room, no meeting room and it is very crowded when we do programs," she said.

There are four computers connected to the Internet, Pontius said. On regular library days, access is limited to one hour a day, first come, first served. At the special sessions, young people can have more time to use the computers.

Library hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

There also is a Web site - www.washcolibrary.org. "All the county libraries are on the site," Pontius said.

For more information on the Hancock programs, call 301-678-5300.

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