The Linton Public Library is starting two new monthly clubs for teenagers in the community Oct. 22.
The Photography Club will start at 4:30 p.m. and the Creative Writing Club will start at 5:15 p.m. All teens, starting in grade six, are welcome to join one or both of the clubs.
Young Adult Library Assistant Ginger Anderson said the Photography Club will focus on sharing each other's work and learning photography techniques from other members.
Local photographer Becky Smith will be participating in the club to help the prospective photographers with their work.
"We should be able to display some of their work in the library, too," Anderson noted.
Anderson said the Creative Writing Club will also focus on sharing works with the other teens involved in the club.
"From what I've heard, the best way to become a writer is to have an audience," Anderson said.
The club will also have monthly projects in which members can work on a topic and bring their work in to the next meeting.
Anderson said it is important to offer programs for teens in the community.
"In general, we (the library) wanted to have more teen programming here at the library to make sure the kids know the library is a place for teens to come. Sometimes there is a wall between elementary and adulthood where they don't come to the library as much. We want them to know the library is a fun place to be," Anderson said.
She got the idea to start the two teen clubs based on a poll of approximately 20 home school students, who are in the library on a weekly basis.
"I did a formal survey and those are the top two interests," Anderson said.
She stressed while she started with the home school students for the poll, the clubs are not only geared toward home school students.
"They are just the teens I knew," Anderson said.
She will be visiting White River Valley Junior-Senior High School, Linton-Stockton Middle and High Schools and Zions Hill with flyers to provide more information to local students about the programs.
"We start on Oct. 22. From then on our plan is to meet on the second Monday of November and December, then see how long the kids would like to keep it going," Anderson said.
Students will not need to pre-register, Anderson said. Those interested can just attend the first meeting.