HAGERSTOWN, Md. (WDVM) — A brand new program referred to as Emerge is concentrated on giving younger adults ages 18 to 25 a protected house on the Washington County Free Library.
The concept for the brand new program took place when teenagers realized they might not be within the younger grownup division of the library as soon as they turned 19 however weren’t fairly able to go to the grownup part of the library.
“They were saying Miss Stephanie they don’t really have anything for us to do. We don’t have community, we need a space to feel like we’re bonding and feel safe,” stated Steph Wiant, a librarian within the Young Adult division of the library. “We found this was a need in the community. We’re really looking forward to building programming.”
Wiant says she needs to proceed to have a protected house for this age group to not solely choose a e-book and bond with pals, however she needs it to turn out to be a useful resource middle to assist them navigate life.
“We need to build that gap bridge that gap for them so they can feel like they’re connected to the next chapter in their life by building these connections with them one on one, having these private conversations like hey, this is what’s going on in my life and well guess what did you know a book can change your life?” she stated.
“If they don’t feel like they have a safe space in order to feel connected and community. They’re not going to care about what’s in the book and our goal is to get them to that point where they can enjoy the story of a book that they can feel less alone just by opening a book. But we got to take care of the basic needs first and community of connection,” stated Wiant.
The blueprint for this system includes the teenagers simply expressing their ideas, and feelings in conferences, or simply sitting down and studying a e-book. They later hope to have a recreation room and laptop room only for that age group.
“They want consistency. They want to know that every time I’m going to come, I’m gonna talk to the staff or I’m gonna hang out with my people. We’re just gonna get to know each other so you can build community. If they don’t have a place to connect then they’re not going to grow,” she stated.
Their first assembly is Thursday, April twenty first from 5-6 p.m. on the Washington County Free Library in Hagerstown. They may also proceed to host conferences each Monday in room 334 from 1 p.m to five p.m.