Teens After Hours program gives Hancock teens a place to hang

December 08, 2009|By DEVON JACOBS / Pulse correspondent

The Hancock War Memorial Library hosts Teens After Hours on the last Friday of each month.

The last one the library hosted was on a rainy and cold Oct. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Marilyn Pontius, librarian and coordinator of the program, said Teens After Hours started about a year ago and is open to ages 12 to 18.

She said the program doesn't meet during the holiday months, so it isn't held in November or December.

Pontius said she gets her ideas for teens after hours from a variety of places such as workshops, teens and other people.

She said she loves it when teens come in because they have the opportunity to just hang out, eat, and have fun. And, she said, the teens enjoy themselves.


Charles Smith, a 14-year-old from Hancock, attended the last Teens After Hours. He said he comes every month the group meets. He also comes to the library after-school sometimes, even when Teens After Hours isn't happening, because any time is a good time to read.

There are other activities - the Wii, computers, and games - but Charles' favorite activity is reading. During the October event, Charles not only read, but he also carved a pumpkin.

Charles said he has made good friends here that share the same interest as him. They all enjoy the games and most of all, reading.

Charles said when he comes to Teens After Hours, he stays the entire length of time with his friends.

By coming to Teens After Hours, Charles said he is always excited about the chance to dive into a new book.

If you go ...

What: Teens After Hours

When: 7 to 9 p.m. the last Friday of every month, except for November and December. The group will meet again in January.

Where: Hancock War Memorial Library

MORE: Call 301-678-5300 or go to

HOURS: The library is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.

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