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Rye Library Asks Teens What They Want

RYE, N.Y. -- Teens were invited to participate in a focus group at the Rye Free Reading Room Tuesday night to share what they would like to see in a proposed teen center and its tech programs.

"We want this to be a space where teens can create and share with their social networks," said John Sexton, a librarian.

Sexton said the library is still deciding what will go in the teen center, which was the purpose of inviting youth to a focus group to find out their interests.

Some of the ideas discussed included laptops available for checkout, HD camera equipment and a gaming area with a flat screen television. Sexton said there could be video and music editing classes, graphic design and webpage building.

Work on the center was initially set to begin in October, but the recent flooding has caused delays. The children's collection had to be moved from the bottom floor to the second and has yet to be moved back.

In the meantime, library staff wants to gather ideas for the center.

Rye High School freshmen Anna Kotyza attended the focus group and was enthusiastic about the center and the programs it could provide. "I come to the library almost every day," she said. "I think the teen center is an excellent idea. It's going to be really cool."

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