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Teens rejoice, the Whitecourt Public Library Teen Night Program is back for another school year. Held on the third Thursday of each month, teens are given the opportunity to do a variety of different things together as a group. On September 21, the kids learned how to floor curl at the Whitecourt Seniors Circle.
Ten children and several seniors took part in the official kick-off event for the 2017/2018 season which proved to be quite fun for everyone. Children were divided into groups of three to four and each team had a senior to show them the ropes of the game.
Library Assistant Judy Watson said that getting to learn a new skill is fun. “Working with people who know more than we do and to learn something new, is nice. It’s good to know how to control your actions because, in this case, if you push it too hard it’s going to go right off the end.” Along with learning about how to handle a stone from aiming to releasing, teens also had the ability to learn about leadership as they took turns on top as the team skip.
Robyn Matthews was one of several gracious seniors to come and teach the kids how to play. “It’s wonderful to see them come down and try it. It’s not quite like ice curling but I think it’s better,” she said with a laugh. “I just think it’s fantastic that they are interested because it is a Canadian sport and it’s good to have the intervention between the youth and the older people. It gives good community values between both us.”
League floor curling happens at the Seniors Circle every Monday afternoon from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and every second Monday there is a social where people can come and have refreshments while watching. Seniors 50+ are invited to get a membership so they can join the many fun activities that the Seniors Circle offers.
Many more teen nights are being planned for future months and Judy said she will be speaking to the children to see what they think. “I’ll be talking to the teens tonight to see if they have preferences of what they would like to have happen next. We have ideas, of course, but sometimes it isn’t the same so we will discuss that.”
Teen Night happens every third Thursday of the month and kids are welcome to sign up at any time. As a bonus, there is also a Teen Movie Night each month which is held on the last Thursday. For more information, contact the library at 780-778-2900 or follow its Facebook page.