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Entering the teen zone

On a warm Saturday afternoon most kids between the ages of 12 and 20 are riding around in a friend's car, walking around a mall or indoors surfing social network pages online.

Not these teens.

For more than seven years, the Northern Onondaga Public Library's Teen Advisory Board has been proving that the strength of a solid group within the library system can be very successful in keeping teenagers interested in fun and educational activities.

Last Saturday the board had its monthly meeting as planned despite spring break fever which was all throughout the county. Seven teens made it to the April 18 meeting without hesitation. The group has about 18 regular members at the moment.

The teens are lead by Children's Librarian Suzanne Nelson, the group met in the community room of NOPL, North Syracuse, while they caught up with each other's latest musings and with a slice of pizza of course.

"We have a monthly agenda," said Nelson about the importance of the meetings. "It's a good time to see who wants to sign up for events."

One of the next outdoor events for the board is the gardening program set for May 16.

"If it's raining, don't come," Nelson said.

She laughed, and all the teens joined in.

"I'm not planting flowers in the pouring rain."

Next on the agenda, the board discussed the upcoming free comic book day on May 2.

"Can I dress up in a costume," asked Trevor Miller, 14, an eighth grader at North Syracuse Junior High School.

"Do you have a costume?" Nelson asked immediately.

"No but I could buy one," Miller said. "Or I could make one."

Nelson told Miller that his efforts were appreciated but unnecessary, although very creative. The free comic book day will host a representative from the Cloud City Comics, who will give a brief history on comics and pass out several comics to all that attend.

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