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Goshen Public Library and Historical Society

Across the Teen Desk

by Donna Cifarelli

August 23, 2000

Local tens blasted into a number of space-related activities this summer while the library benefitted from their energetic volunteer work during the Discover 2000 Read program which ended in early August. Part of the program encouraged students in grades 7-12 to visit the library by offering activities such as T-shirts decorating, Mr. Spock's Jeopardy, Discover UFOs, and an astronomy presentation that included viewing the moon through a telescope. The group was dubbed the "Cosmic COordinators" in keeping with this summer's statewide theme of Discover 2000 Read! The upper middle and high school students also earned points towards prizes by reading and volunteering at the library. Judging by the enthusiasm, the participants had fun meeting with their peers while finding out what the library has to offer.

The summer program encountered the "Cosmic Coordinators" to read by creating a point system with prizes for all those who reached 100 points. Participants earned 10 points each time they read a book and filled out a Cosmic book review sheet. They also earned points for volunteering and participating in other library activities. Special thanks go to the following businesses for donating items to use as prizes: Burger King, The Deli on Main Street, Fleet Bank in Goshen, Friendly's, Goshen Card and Gift, The Goshen Bakery, Howell's Deli Cafe, Joe's Video, Linda's Office Supplies, and Village Pizza. The prizes were distributed at the Cosmic Reentery Party.

Out of the 40 teens who registered, 25 logged more than 200 volunteer hours helping with the summer program for the younger children. Three days and one evening a week, teen volunteers came in to help by handing out stickers and prizes to the summer reading participants in grades K-6. The teens also assisted with craft programs for the younger kids. Thanks to all the volunteers who spent time to help at the library. Their involvement added to the success of this summer's Discover 2000 Read! program.

On Thursday, August 10, the teen volunteers helped us during our Blast Off with Books final program for K-6th graders. It was a great ending to a fun-filled summer program.

Fall programs for the teens (& twelve) are already scheduled. To help participants learn to overcome test anxiety and the stress of daily life, a meditation/stress reduction workshop with Lisa Ann Riccardelli will be offered on Tuesday, Sept. 26th from 6:30 - 8 PM. To get ready for Halloween, Linda Zimmermann will present "Haunted Houses of the Hudson Valley" on Wed., Oct. 25th, 7-8 PM.

In November a program entitled "Talk and Teens" will have teens (& twelves) and a parent engaged in a book discussion. Read NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH by Avi and get together on Thursday, Nov. 16th, 7-8 PM for a spirited talk about how the turth can get distorted. December will bring a craft program to create a gift. Join us on Wed., Dec. 13th, 4-5:30 PM to make a scented holiday mini-pillow. p> ALl programs have limited registration. Call 294-6606, ext. 5, or visit the library the week before the program is scheduled to reserve your space.