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Clayton library seeks teens' input on web site

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Seventy-eight Clayton County teenagers made their voices heard, by responding to a survey conducted by officials from the Clayton County Library System in December and January.

The survey asked teens what they wanted in a library web site that specifically targets their age group.

The teens now are being asked to voice their opinions one more time.

Youth services and virtual services officials from the library system will hold a one-hour brainstorming meeting on Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m., in which local teens will be able to look at a dozen teen-oriented library web sites, and choose what they want in a web site for Clayton County teens.

The meeting will be held at the library system's headquarters branch, which is located at 865 Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro.

"We don't want to spend our time building a web site that we think teens like, only to find out they don't like it at all," said Janice Arcuria, the library system's assistant director for youth services.

The new teen web site is expected to be online by the end of May, just in time for the start of the library system's Teen Summer Reading Program, according to Arcuria.

Library system Virtual Services Librarian Terran McCanna said the top items respondents to the teen web site survey said they wanted included job and career information, videos and podcasts produced by Clayton County teenagers, homework and research assistance, and book recommendations from other teens.

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On the net:

Clayton County Library System: www.claytonpl.org