There's more happening at the Argie Cooper Library these days and children's librarian Jessica Osborne couldn't be happier.
"I wanted to do some new things," she said. "Especially for the children I call the Tweens, the ones between 8 and 12 years old. I feel like the Tweens get left out of a lot. They aren't old enough for the teen activities, but they're too old to be read to at Story Hour -- or at least, they think they are."
First on the agenda for the Tweens is a project appropriate for a library. Instead of reading books, the children will be writing their own.
"It's a four-week project," she said. "The first two weeks, they'll be working on their stories, getting them all worked out. The second two weeks, they'll be putting them into a computer."
When the books are finished, parents can read the books on line, or order them from the company. Each book will only be visible to the child who wrote it and his family.
The program, called Tickatock, is free for the children, but reservations have to be made because of limited computer space. They can be made by calling the library at 684-7323. The creative writing classes will be held Mondays, Sept.19 and 26, and Oct. 3 and 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
There are several other new programs in store for all of the children this fall.
"On the first Saturday of every month, we'll have Spanish Story Hour (at 10 a.m.) with Erika Britt," said Osborne. "We did that once before and had a great response. And of course, we'll have our regular story hour."
On Sept. 17 at 10 a.m., the Story Hour will be a little bit different.
"It's Grandparents' Story Hour," she said. "Grandparents will come in talk about life on the farm. I had a grandparent come in who lived in another area. She said they did this where she was from and I thought it sounded like a great idea."
The Story Hour on Sept. 21, also at 10 a.m. will be all about fall.
"Sept. 15 will be Teen Game Night," said Osborne. The really neat thing about that is we also have a Wii they can play and refreshments. They can bring Wii games or board games. It's a lot of fun and they really enjoy it."
The October Teen Scene meeting will be Oct. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and will have a Halloween theme.
"In November, we're partnering with the Capri Theatre for the new Twilight movie and a lock-in," she added. "We'll have more information on that later."
While one function of the youth programs at the library is to provide safe, wholesome and fun activities, Osborne keeps the main purpose in sight at all times -- to get the children reading and to keep them reading.
"Even the teens.," she said. "We ask them to talk about books they've read, whether they liked them or not. It's sort of a book group discussion. This brings them into the library and shows them we have a lot more than books to offer, but everything relates back to the books."