Tween Club kicked off Jan. 22

Jan 27, 2014
Photo by: Rachel Robles TWEEN CLUB — Pictured from left are Katy Punch, Lucy Parrish and Blandey Parrish. The Tween Club had a slow start due to the weather, but it promises to be a success.

The Tween Club at the Canton Branch Library kicked off Wednesday, Jan. 22.

“Canton doesn’t have many activities to do that are free,” said Katy Punch, youth services librarian. “We want (children) to see the library as not just a place for them to get materials and leave; it’s a place for them to come and hang out. We want them to see it as a fun place.”

Lucy Parrish, 12, a sixth-grader at Canton Middle School, and her mother, Blandey Parrish, 31, of Canton, painted tote bags together during Wednesday’s event.

“We love the library,” Blandey said.

The bus runs to the library from Canton Middle School; special written permission must be given by parents or guardians in order for the child to be dropped off at the library. Children must be at least 8-years old to come to the library without a parent accompanying them.

The Tween Club is open to children in fourth through seventh grades, and will meet once a month. Each meeting will feature book talks and a special craft or activity. The Tween Club will be meeting again at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, and will be creating marble art. After February's meeting, the club will meet on the second Wednesday of each month.

In addition, there are several upcoming events for teens at the Canton Branch Library. There will be a teen movie screening at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30.  Call the Canton Library for movie title and more information. The Teen Advisory Group (TAG) will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6. This meeting's discussion will be about the book "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare.

There will also be a Valentine’s Workshop for teens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. Teens will be able to give back to their community by making valentines to be distributed to local nursing homes.

For more information about the youth programming that is available at the Canton Branch Library, contact Punch at or 648-2924.