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Menacing mallards:Teens make zombie ducks at Columbine Library

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Teen program offers variety of events

By Ramsey Scott

Zombies typically aren’t soft or cute, but the creatures being created by teens recently at the Columbine Library inspired more quacking than quaking.

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At the library’s Zombie Felties program on Feb. 10, one of its monthly events for teenagers, ducks, lions and other felines were made from felt and a lot of energetic creativity.

“We do all kinds of things for teens with our monthly teen program. In two months we’re making a Rube Goldberg machine,” said Jessie Ransom, teen librarian at Columbine. “We just want it to be a place for teens to hang out and have fun with people their age and not have to pay for it.”

All the teen activities at the library are free, Ransom said.

Mykenna Belveal, 17, and sister Kallie, 14, attend the monthly teen events and other library activities, including the Teens After Dark programs, which let them stay in the library after hours on a Friday to play games and watch movies.

“We’re here for every single event. We just love it, and we’ve made friends with all the people who come here,” Mykenna said. “They’re all a little crazy, but if you’re not a little crazy, you’re not having fun.”

Said Kallie: “Since we’re home-schooled, this is a great way for us to hang out and make more friends.”

Mae’Lonna Webb, 13, is a member of the library’s teen advisory board, which helps design the activities. She loves being part of the group and taking part in the events.

“I’ve met a lot of my friends here when I first came last year,” Mae’Lonna said. “I came for some books, and that’s when I met everyone, including Mykenna and Kallie. And that’s how I got hooked in.”

Ransom said kids and their parents should visit the library’s website to check out upcoming events, including next month’s teen event, which will let the young adults deface children’s books with their own art and words to create more entertaining stories.

“It’s not often you’re encouraged by a librarian to deface a library book,” Ransom said. “But that’s what we’re going to do. It should be a lot of fun.”

To check out the upcoming teen events at the Columbine Library, visit jefferson.lib.co.us/locations/columbine-library and search the event calendar for teen events.

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1035, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine.