Garland City Library Director Danielle Rasmussen has taken the library into the future of technology as well as bringing the library to the attention of many statewide programs. Her teen program, which she started just a few years ago, has grown into an agenda that nets hundreds of teens into the library a week.
Seven years ago Rasmussen first began her journey with the library as a volunteer and then expanded it to a part time librarian. She called herself just a “bored housewife” looking for something to do and found a home at the library. Fast forward five more years when she was named the library’s director.
In the course of the past few years she’s has morphed the library into the center of fun for teens and children in Garland. First she noticed the lack of teen books in the library, just one shelf of outdated books to be exact. She took her own love of Young Adult books and helped build the library’s collection. Now, the upstairs portion of the library is almost half YA books.
The teen program started with about 12 youth a month meeting together for an activity. Now, it’s up to about 1,200 teens actively involved in whatever activity or reading program the library is hosting. Courtney Wallace is now the teen director and helps host crafts, movie nights, sleepovers, dances and lots of other fun activities. There’s a makeup club for young women, a ping pong club for all teens, and even a gaming club. Their current summer reading club has 75 teens involved.
More on the Garland Library teen program in this week’s edition of the Leader.