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5/23/2013 1:49:00 PM
Camp Verde Library lands two grants
Money for Teen Advisory Board and Creator Faire
VVN/Bill Helm
“We want to help increase the literary and social skills of teens and adults,” said library director Kathy Hellman. “But there’s also more of a social benefit, where they can watch and discuss movies and discuss books.”
VVN/Bill Helm
“We want to help increase the literary and social skills of teens and adults,” said library director Kathy Hellman. “But there’s also more of a social benefit, where they can watch and discuss movies and discuss books.”

Bill Helm
Reporter


CAMP VERDE - On May 15, the Camp Verde Town Council announced that Library Services and Technology Act grants totaling $33,455 have been awarded to the Camp Verde Community Library. And the library already knows how to use the funds.

The grants, provided by both the Institute of Museums and Library Services and the Arizona State Library Archives and Public Records, will afford the library the necessary funding to create a Teen Advisory Board and to also participate in the annual Fort Verde Days.

Town council member Jackie Baker said the grants were a "very good opportunity for encouraging this [Teen Advisory Board] leadership."

"The Council has always been so supportive, letting us do what we deem necessary for the library," Library Director Kathy Hellman said. "Both grants allow us to do these projects without stressing our own budget."

For some time, Hellman has wanted to create a Teen Advisory Board. With this grant money, Hellman will be able to pay for an additional library specialist to oversee the board. The specialist, who will work 18 hours each week, will create the process to select the board. Hellman said she would like to see the board in place by Halloween.

"To do this correctly, we need teen input," Hellman said. "They'll need to be guided, but we need their input. They'll help pick the materials, spaces and the furniture collection. They'll do research. They'll survey their peers. They'll compile information and present it."

"The Teen Advisory Board is a great opportunity for teens to make a lasting impact in their community," Hellman said.

"We've never really had teen services at the library," Hellman said. "Ten percent of the library's patrons are teens. But only 2 percent of the materials are for teens."

Besides the Teen Advisory Board, the library plans to sponsor a Creator Faire within the annual Fort Verde Days celebration. Hellman describes the Creator Faire as a "collection of do-it-yourselfers who show their tricks of the trade, from Tole painting to robotics to beer making. It doesn't exclude anything"

"We want to create a sense of sharing," said Gerry Laurito, Creator Faire coordinator and library specialist. "With crafters, artists and inventors, we want to get a group of these people together."

"You can't imagine a fair without a carnival," Hellman said. "People showcasing their inventions, bringing that atmosphere in a smaller venue. This gives people a chance to showcase their talents."

Hellman said it is possible that the new library will include a "maker space, for people to showcase their talents and skills, so the community members can learn from one another."

"Older generations could teach the younger generations," Hellman said. "And the younger generations can teach the older generations."

The Camp Verde Community Library is located at 130 Black Bride Road in Camp Verde. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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