SHERIDAN — After a successful summer run, the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library will continue its Tween Challenge program throughout the school year.
The program is a free club for kids in fifth to seventh grades. The library wanted to address the need for this age group, said Michelle Havenga, the children’s librarian. While there are activities for older students and young children, the library recognized that there weren’t many activities for middle-schoolers.
Tween Challenge was started in December and led up by Kevin Knapp, the assistant children’s librarian.
About seven regulars show up, but any kids within the age group are able to join for free with no need to sign up.
The library designated the back of the children’s section of the library to the age group and started researching activities by communicating with other libraries. Tween Challenge came out of that process.
Each Tuesday, kids will participate in a themed activity that allow kids of different skill levels to work together.
The next topic, genealogy, is set for Sept. 15 at 3:45 and will allow kids to explore online resources and their own backgrounds.
All of the themes involve resources that children should be able to access at home, Havenga said.
During the summer, one of the more popular topics was stop motion animation. The program used was free. Havenga said this allowed the participants to continue their projects outside of the club.
Even using affordable materials, the program still comes at a cost for the library. Through grant money, the library has been able to maintain the program. However county budget cuts have reduced the number of days the club meets from two to one.
Havenga said, though, that the group is still in good shape. They stocked up on supplies from previous club meetings to help cut costs.
Other topics planned for this fall in the Tween Challenge will include Hobbits and computers.