Hayden library to add teen corner

Officials plan to add shelves, seating, books

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— Hayden's library leaders are trying to build a book-filled corner into a teen hangout spot.

The Hayden Public Library and its board have considered adding a teen area for years, and it's finally coming together, Library Director Ana Lash said. She plans to include books aimed at teens, a restaurant-style booth, Tiger-themed decorations and furniture.

She hopes to have the teen corner, tentatively called the Tigers' Den, ready by summer.

"We're spending probably around $4,000, and that's a lot for us," Lash said.

The corner once included computers on an L-shaped desk. The computers now are gone, and Lash took the teen books out of the children's section and put them on the desk. That small move has brought in more young adult readers, she said.

The library went from checking out no teen books each month to checking out 85 or 90.

"It's that whole idea: This is their space; they can use it," Lash said.

The library hopes to get input from the community about what teens want in that space, said Michelle Hoza, president of the West Routt Library District Board.

"One of the main things that we're trying to do is attract the teens into the library to provide the resources they want, the books they want, so the teens in our community have another place to go," Hoza said.

Library officials plan to increase the number of teen-focused books they carry. Space is limited, so Lash hopes to add shelving. Library staff members decided not to add a computer, she said. They want to keep it book-oriented.

The teen corner is aimed at youths in middle school and older, Lash said.

"We've gradually been trying to add to our offerings for them, different offerings, different things they're interested in," Hoza said.

Lash said she hopes to host a pizza party or some other kickoff event when the teen corner is ready.

"It's going to happen," Lash said. "It's been a long time in coming."

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