WHY Teens Love The Library

There are people, people who walk among us, who hold fast to the notion that with so much to do online, teenagers just don’t visit their local libraries anymore.

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“That’s ridiculous,” said Amber Swanson. The 13-year-old recently was at the Kentwood branch playing a board game with her younger brother, Kolby, 10. They visit the branch at least once a week, she said. Amber also checks out books, helps out at events like the ultra-popular summer fest, Kentwoodpalooza, and spends time on the computers there “because I have a sister who’s on the computer at home every minute she’s awake.”

For book reports and other schoolwork, Amber can avoid the perils of using Wikipedia as a bonafide source for schoolwork and the time it takes to search for solid information by taking advantage of the many educator-approved, constantly updated educational databases KDL subscribes to that won’t come up in a Google search.

Michelle Sugimoto, 17, and pal Zoe Johnson, 16, love KDL’s anime programs for teens, and as part of KDL’s Teen Crew, Michelle gets National Honor Society and Youth Student Organization credits, “and I get to play with kids,” she said.


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Morgan J.

Morgan J. is a KDL communications assistant. She spends summers as a “hood ornament” of sorts while her husband captains their old, cedar-sided pontoon down the Flat River. In the wintertime she counts the days until she’ll have her toes in the water again.

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