The St Marys Library has about 140 visitors a day. However, the library director, Leslie Swope, says getting teens through the door is tough. “They want to socialize they want to be with their friends they want to be out and about,” says Swope.
Swope wanted to make sure teenagers have their own special space to grow a passion for reading. “My philosophy is a teen that doesn’t like to read just hasn’t found a good book yet.”
The teen nook sits in the front of the building. It features hundreds of top sellers and different genres. While it may look small, Swope says, it was no easy task. “We had to move pretty much every book in the building to move the teen space over here.”
Swope says reading can impact a child’s future in more ways than just education. “Later on in life your health your finances everything is impacted by literacy.”
The library is growing with technology with options of audio books and DVDs. “I know a lot of people always say the internet is going to kill libraries and I don’t think that the case at all. it may change how we look in the future. We might have less physical books,” adds Swope.
The library is free with any Pennsylvania library card or for St Marys residents.