Middle-Schoolers Have a Place at EPLD
There is a certain kind of energy that comes with having kids in the building. It typically is a noisy kind of energy, filled with outside-the-box thinking, a bit of dare-devil behavior, and a lot of rowdy laughter. (That doesn’t fit well with the concept of early library, but then, it has been awhile since EPLD staff has worn their hair in a bun or practiced sh-h-h-ing techniques.) We enjoy kids at any age, but we are really enjoying a group that has converged on EPLD during the past year, our middle school tween-agers.
We didn’t know what to call them in the beginning, tween (as in twelve, not teen)…middle school-ers…kids…but thankfully, we found we didn’t need to worry. Within the first two weeks they named themselves the YAHOOs-Young Adults Helping Organize Opportunities. It has been an appropriate name and acronym for the group, composed most weeks of 90% boys. They arrive as soon as the bus from the middle school hits this end of town, grab something to eat, and then the fun begins. They play Wii or board games, “create” things using duct tape, watch movies, go on scavenger hunts, or other staff-organized activities. So far the all-time favorite activity has been creating and taping commercials and short plays using our Flip-video cameras. I hope to post one of their videos in the near future, but for today I’ll just include a few of the duct tape photos.