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11/27/2013 9:20:00 AM
Tech-savvy librarian able to teach teens a thing or two
Jolanta Feliciano is the new Teen Librarian at the Prescott Valley Public Library.
Jolanta Feliciano is the new Teen Librarian at the Prescott Valley Public Library.

Sue Tone
Reporter


Jolanta Feliciano has her sights set on teenagers creating a "glogster" at the Prescott Valley Public Library's digital lab later this year as part of a new book club, Teen Reading Machine, that meets twice a month.

Until the digital lab opens in December, teen readers will settle on traditional book reviews posted on the blog Feliciano created. She wants them to do more in the future than just read and provide text like standard book reports.

Glogster is a social network tool that students and teachers use to produce interactive posters loaded with text, graphics, music and videos. Teen readers can create what Feliciano calls "book trailers," similar to movie trailers or previews.

She also wants to set up Skype appointments with the teens' favorite authors, and with teens in other library book groups across the country.

So far, the PV Library group has 23 suggested titles on its list, some of them books that are part of a series. They revisit the list after completing a book, adding or deleting interesting titles, and vote for the next selection.

Feliciano graduated from the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, and worked as a high school librarian for 13 years in Albuquerque, N.M. She and her husband, Juan, often visited family in Prescott Valley and liked the community, so when the position of teen librarian came open this summer, she applied.

"Working with teenagers has to reflect the tools, speech and technology they use. It has to be fast and easily accessible," she said.

In addition to the Teen Reading Machine book group that next meets at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Feliciano created Games Day on Wednesday afternoons when many students are let out early and walk to the library.

"A lot of parents rely on us for a safe place," she said.

More than 30 students often converge in the Crystal Room to take part in video games - which must have a "T" rating - and board games. Feliciano would like to see a few adults teach their favorite board games and hang out with the teens.

The homework tutoring program continues with a math tutor available Tuesday through Thursday from 6-8 p.m. The science and new language arts tutors are working out their schedules.

"People sometimes have a strange idea that all teens are lost kids. There are a lot of good kids out there. We have to connect with them, and that's the trick," she said.

Feliciano said she also would educate teens about cyber-bullying, online safety issues, and how sharing online content can affect their futures. She is forming an advisory council where teens will plan and organize their own activities.

Feliciano's hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The library is closed on Mondays. For more information, call 928-759-3042.

Heidi Dahms Foster, PV Communications Relations Coordinator, contributed to this article.


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