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Yorktown Librarian Creates Space for Just Teens

The John C. Hart Memorial Library wants to be the place for everybody, and that everybody includes teenagers.

Maureen Connelly, the teen reference librarian, oversees “Teenspace,” a website devoted to all things "teen." The library also offers workshops on topics such as the ACTs or even how to write a college admittance essay.

Connelly said it’s beneficial for the teens to have their own separate section. “It’s the idea that this is just for teens, and it’s only geared towards their age group,” Connelly said. “It’s a place jut for them.”

Prior to her employment at the John C. Hart Memorial Library, Connelly was previously the young adult librarian in the New York Public Library system -- something she said she has come to enjoy ever since.

“I just kept going with it, and ended up here and in charge of Teenspace,” she said.

Aside from college essay workshops, Connelly said she is always trying to add elements to the program that teens want to see. Teens can access school reading lists, a library catalogue database, dozens of links to websites that are of interest to their age groups, and even volunteer opportunities.

On the Teenspace page there are ways to suggest books, information about the free ACT and SAT practice tests, reading buddy programs, and the reading club for this summer.

One program Connelly said she is hopeful will gain more attraction in the coming weeks is somewhat of an online book club -- where a young adult book can be chosen and participants can discuss and share opinions about the books among their peers.

“This is a way for them to be able to find things out and get information all in one place,” Connelly said.

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