Call it the Dewey Decibel System
At the New Port Richey Library, the kids in Ghelder Arriaga's jam sessions always arrive early.
Music is the bond that connects them: from the long-haired heavy metal screamers, to the International Baccalaureate kid with the awesome voice and two-tone blue electric guitar she got for her eighth-grade graduation, to the slight ponytailed 10-year-old drum aficionado who was brought up on Led Zeppelin and Elvis Presley but counts Taylor Swift as her all-time fave.
As soon as the clock strikes 4, the purple neon ‚ÄúOpen‚Äù sign is flipped on, and the Garage Jam session starts. For the next two hours the music of today‚Äôs youth (and sometimes their parents‚Äô youth) reverberates through the brick building on Main Street as patrons quietly peruse bookshelves upstairs and down or surf the Web on computers.
The youth jam sessions, held Wednesdays three times a month, are the brainstorm of Arriaga, a youth librarian who thought it would be a good way to use the library‚Äôs equipment while reaching out to the younger generation.
‚ÄúAs a librarian, one of the things we want to do is expose them to all the arts ‚Äî traditional art, music, theater ‚Äî because we have a lot of material here for them,‚Äù Arriaga said. ‚ÄúI think more teens would go to the library if there were more venues for them.‚Äù For more on how this program works, check out Michele Miller's story here.