Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Calling all teens: Party ‘after-hours’ at the Williamsburg library

Poster giveaways offered during “Teens’ Night Out” (Courtesy Williamsburg Regional Library)

Calling all teens: a crazy-sick ‘after-hours’ party is happening Friday night at the last place anyone would expect — the library.

The first ever “Teens Night Out: After-Hours,” taking place at the Williamsburg Library is an end-of-the-year, two-hour bonanza for students to unwind with games, movies, poster giveaways, and other fun activities.

The event is organized by the library’s Teen Advisory Group or TAG. They are a group of local high school students who meet monthly to advise the library on how to create more teen-friendly events through its young adult collections and programs, according to a library release.

“This is the first event for teens we’ve hosted that was planned by teens — they picked the activities and will be helping to run the event,” said Rachael Nelson, the young adult services librarian.

“This is also the first after-hours event we’ve held, so after closing on Friday, the library is open for teens alone, except for a few intrepid librarians,” Nelson added.

Activities will take place in different areas of the library. The include gaming systems on big screens including popular WiiU games such as Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart and Just Dance available.

The event will also have a set up for traditional tabletop games such as Settlers of Catan, Superfight, Apples, Machi Koro and Sushi Go on hand.

In another room, there will be screenings of the popular television show “Steven Universe.”

Meanwhile, in the Williamsburg Library Gallery, the event will feature a “bookwalk,” in which participants will have the chance to win books from a selection of some of the most popular titles in young adult fiction, according to the release.

The event will also feature a sundae bar throughout the evening for all who work up an appetite.

Teens Night Out will take place Friday, June 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the 515 Scotland St. branch.

Drop-off and pick-up will take place in front of the Williamsburg Library Theatre.

Open to teenagers 13 and over — RSVPs requested at (757) 259-4050. 


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