“The library is not just for reading,” said Leslie Warren, youth services program director at the Coffee County Lannom Memorial Public Library.
The library is gearing up for several interactive events this month, celebrating the spirit of Valentine’s Day and offering new opportunities for teenagers to flex their mental muscles.
“Love Letters” is a play by A. R. Gurney. It follows two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.
“We invite those that would like to make a special afternoon date for Valentine’s Day,” Warren said.
The play shows “a unique exchange of letters over a lifetime between two people who grew up together,” said Warren.
“The series of letters makes it clear how much they have come to mean to each other,” she added.
The characters will read notes and letters, discussing expectations and desires, dreams and disappointments, successes and downfalls.
Warren invited Tullahomans to spend a fun afternoon at the library.
“We usually don’t have many afternoon events that aren’t kid-related,” she said.
The play will be performed by Tullahoma residents Sharon and Bill Baxter.
The show is set to begin at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Teen Murder Mystery
“The Teen Murder Mystery event is like Clue meets ‘One of Us Is Lying’,” said Warren.
The concept is similar to playing Clue, a board game offering hints to the players to solve the mystery and deduce which suspect has “murdered” the victim.
The theme of the Teen Murder Mystery will be based on “One of Us Is Lying,” a book by Karen McManus.
The story follows five students who go to detention, but only one of them leaves alive.
“All the staff present that day [will be] the suspects,” Warren said. “Teens will use their knowledge about the library to hunt for clues, interview suspects and solve the murder.”
The participants will work in groups, said Warren.
“The players will also interview some of our staff members,” she said.
The event will also help the teens learn how to use the library system.
“Each clue will have a call number and some checkout receipts the players will have to look at,” she said. “We try to use the library call numbers so that the teens are learning ways to use the library while solving the mystery.”
Every item at the library has a call number, said Warren.
“Our fiction side is set up by last name of author, but our nonfiction [books] are set up by number, that way it’s by subject,” she said. “Many kids now google everything, so such events help them learn how to use the library system.”
Abigail Miller, circulation clerk, organized the event.
“Abigail is going to have all the participants come back together at the end, and they will have to work together as a group to solve the final clue,” Warren said.
This is not the first time the library has hosted such an event.
“We have done several [murder mystery events] before, and they were very successful,” Warren said. “We always want young people to come into our library, have a good time and learn that the library is not just for reading – they can have fun, too.”
Teen Murder Mystery is set for 6 p.m., Feb. 19.
Teen Book Club
The Teen Book Club meeting is set for 5 p.m., Feb. 26.
This club is for teens ages 13 to 18. The club meets the fourth Thursday of each month.
February’s theme is retelling.
Warren invites teens to join the group to discuss their favorite books based on another story.
Elena Cawley may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.