Teen X-Treme group wraps to benefit library
By NATALIE SCOTT
All day on Dec. 7 there were representatives from various Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County (PLYMC) programs at Barnes and Noble to gift wrap purchases for a donation to the library.
The East Friends of the Library manned the table from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. that day, when the Teen X-Treme group arrived to do its part. Throughout the event, Deborah Liptak, Develpoment Director for the PLYMC, observed and participated in activities planned during the gift wrapping.
“We are trying to raise money for great library programs, like our Teen X-Treme program, that are there for kids who want to participate in them,” said Liptak. “Not only are these kids gift wrapping for our libraries today, but they are leading a craft later for younger children that come to do. I will also read the Polar Express today.”
Dec. 7 was also voucher book sale day for the library at Barnes and Noble. For any customer that came up to the registers to make their purchases and said they wanted their proceeds to support the library, a percentage of money gained in that order was donated to the library. Both customers and teen helpers were able to help the library throughout the event.
“I really like to be here,” said Teen X-Treme member Katrina Robison. “It’s fun to wrap presents and support the library. Books are easy to wrap and it makes you feel good to see so many people reading.”