Teen Zone

Picture a room painted in bold, unique colors. The visual impact is obvious the second one enters the wide doorway. Furniture in this room is constructed in fun, modern designs. Comfortable chairs invite a reader to sit down and stay for a while. One wall of the room is made from partially frosted glass and creates a cozy, yet open atmosphere. One side of this room houses state-of-the-art computer technology available for patrons to surf the web or type documents.

The room described above currently exists at the Crossroads Branch. It was specifically deigned to be appealing to teenagers. It is hoped that this area will encourage independent use of the library and lead teens to explore other library services, such as programs. It outwardly, and interactively, acknowledges teen patrons and their needs.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has published information on the American Library Association’s website, www.ala.org, which supports the fact that teenagers will use a library facility more if they feel welcomed into their own separate environment. According to, “The Need for Teen Spaces in Public Libraries” authored by Kimberly Bolan, the future of tomorrow’s libraries depends upon today’s teen patrons.

Most library users are aware that each Guernsey County facility has a separate section of books labeled, “YA” for young adult. This is the section where popular fiction titles such as, “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” are shelved. These books may be marketed to a specific demographic, but readers of all ages enjoy them. “YA” fiction covers various genres including sci-fi, romance and everything in-between.

However, the teen area contains much more than just fiction. There are shelves devoted to non-fiction, or factual information. Books dealing with social issues such as recreational drug use and dating can be checked out. College preparatory information is available for area students. A teenager will also find books that discuss important current topics, such as bullying and juvenile health issues.

Graphic novels have been around for several years, decades in fact, with the existence of comic books. The industry trend today is to take a popular title, such as “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyers, and publish it into a fully-illustrated adaptation. The library’s teen area has a large selection of both fiction and non-fiction which falls into this category. However, some of these titles may be deemed inappropriate for younger readers and parental discretion is advised.

Magazines are popular among all ages of readers. Some titles are written and promoted to the ‘tween and teen crowds. The Library currently subscribes to several titles including, “Seventeen” and “J-14”. Many teenagers are too busy with sports and extra-curricular activities to take time to read a whole novel. But they will pick up a magazine and spend five minutes reading an article.

Today’s teenagers lead busy lives. The Library hopes to become an integral part of those lives and to help provide necessary learning blocks for youth to succeed in the future. Further information regarding the teen area or “YA” collection may be obtained by contacting Children’s Librarian Donna King.

Happy Reading!

Journal Jambalaya

Do you keep a journal? Would you like to start a journal?  Come to our monthly journal workshop and discover different types of journaling and learn easy ways to energize your journal pages with paint, stamping and collage techniques.  Each session will also feature various prompts, or ideas to inspire your journal writing.

WHEN: Fourth Monday of each month beginning June 26th at 6:30pm.

WHERE: Crossroads Branch, 63500 Byesville Rd. Cambridge OH large meeting room

Space is limited and preregistration is required. Please call the Main Branch 740-432-5946 to register.


Great News in regards to using the hoopla service via your Guernsey County Public Library Card…

We have recently doubled your allotted amount of monthly checkouts from 10 to 20! For a limited time, you can enjoy over six hundred thousand titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!

Remember when using hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.

This offer is only available during the months of June, July and August!

Not a current hoopla user? To register for and enjoy hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit: www.hoopladigital.com. For more information or should you have questions, please visit or call us or see more details on our website: https://www.guernseycountylibrary.org/

Thank you for being a loyal library cardholder of Guernsey County Public Library!



Byesville Branch Focus Group

The Guernsey County District Public Library requests the honor of your participation in a “resident focus group”. In order to better serve community needs, a discussion of the services and materials provided by the Byesville Branch will be held. Suggestions and input would be appreciated. The possibility of future building renovation will be discussed. Please plan to attend, visit with neighbors and share your thoughts.

  • WHEN:     Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10:30am until noon
  • WHERE:   Byesville Branch, 100 Glass Ave., Byesville OH
  • WHO:        Village residents and branch patrons

Those interested but unable to attend may share thoughts with the Director via this website or by calling 740-432-7536.