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Various programs offered for young adults at Bremen Public Library

BREMEN, Ind.-From reading and writing challenges, to volunteer opportunities. The Bremen Public Library is focusing on providing more activities for young adults in the community.

The library hired their first ever Young Adult Librarian in March 2016, Chris Scandling. When he stepped into the role, Scandling made it his mission to build collaborations in the community. He's formed partnerships with Bremen Public Schools and the local Boys and Girls Club.

Scandling says the staff wanted to bring more young adults into the library. He says many libraries don't have a position like his because kids in 5th-12th grade are hard to reach.

"Some of these libraries have gone away from that demographic," Scandling said. "They think they can't bring them in anymore, but no. We can still reach those ages but have to show them when they have that free time, we offer them something that can compete with another activity," Scandling said. 

The library is looking for volunteers for the "Young Adult Volunteer Team." It's open to 5th-12th graders who are looking to complete service hours or just want to help make a difference. Scandling says: 

 Volunteer programs are essential because libraries don't necessarily have the same amount of funding that they did 10, 20 or 30 years ago. 

Volunteers will need to complete at least 8 hours of work. They are currently accepting applications for the Fall term, which lasts from September-November. More information can be found HERE.

Information on the Young Adult Volunteer Team:

Creative writers in 6th-12th grade can enter the library's "Flash Fiction Challenge" for a chance to win a $15 Barnes and Noble gift card and get their work published. Click HERE for details. 

Soon, the library will have a brand new digital lab that features a recording studio, 3-D printer and a green screen. 

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