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Schuyler Public Library wants youth to be productive

December 27, 2018

Movies, board games and puzzles are just some of the many activities offered at the Schuyler Public Library in an effort to encourage youth to be productive during their winter break.

“We just wanted to provide a place for kids to spend some time,” said Library Director Jenny White.

Schuyler Mayor Jon Knutson, whose wife is a regular patron of the library, said it’s important for students to remain active during winter break. Knutson said activities provided at the library can help youth step away from video games and encourage socializing with their friends.

“Reading is a direct correlation to success in school,” he said.

And White said she couldn’t agree more. She said the library provides kids with a safe place to be productive whether they choose to read or watch movies.

White said she had to put winter break activities on hold last year because she was still learning the ropes of her current position in addition to preparing the move to its current location, 108 E. 18th St.

But, White said she’s more than prepared to move forward with the activities this year.

These programs have been available to the general public since Wednesday. They will run until Saturday, Jan. 3, 2019. Throughout winter break, library patrons will also still have computer access.

White said movies will be played from now until Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, on the big screen inside the library’s Cargill Room. There are showtimes for “Wallace & Gromit,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “School House Rock,” “Back to the Future,” “Won’t You Be By Neighbor?” and several Pixar short films.

Board games will be out in the Brokenicky Room from 1-3 p.m. on Monday through Friday and from noon-1 p.m. on Saturdays.

For those looking for more relaxing activities, White said boxes of puzzles are available throughout winter break.

White said people don’t usually complete the entire puzzle in a day, instead, they leave finished segments on the table for the next person to continue.

White said it’s interesting to see how people work together to complete puzzles. She said it’s good for youth to spend time with one another through various forms of entertainment.

Those wanting to learn more about these activities are encouraged to log onto the library’s Facebook page at SchuylerPublicLibrary or call 402-352-2221. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The library will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019.

White said she’s working on introducing more programs to the library and increasing outreach.

“I think everybody should spend some time at the library,” White said.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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