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Red Lion Students Help Create Teen Space at Kaltreider-Benfer Library

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January 30, 2020
Kaltreider-Benfer Library is preparing to expand its 20-year-old building located beside Fairmount Park in Red Lion. 
Groundbreaking is expected to happen later this year and as part of its facility plans, the library is creating a dedicated teen space.
Student leaders at Red Lion Area Senior High School pulled together a group of over 40 ninth through twelfth graders to sit down
with library officials from Kaltreider-Benfer Library and York County Libraries (YCL).  Moving through a series of activities, the students voiced their ideas for Kaltreider’s future teen library space, programs, and outreach.   
“Our students were excited to be part of the process and the decision-making.  They were eager to share their ideas with YCL,” says
 Red Lion Area Senior High School Library Media Specialist Allyson Ayres.  “From an educator's perspective, this was the perfect real-
world experience with students brainstorming, weighing costs and benefits, and drafting a proposal.  Students were excited and 
engaged throughout the process.” 
Students shared how they want to use the library, what kind of furnishings they would use if they were designing the teen space, the services Kaltreider-Benfer should offer, and how the library should let students know what’s going on.  “It is vital that we understand what the teens in Red Lion want to see in their future library before we start construction,” says Kaltreider-Benfer Library Director Don Dellinger. “We received valuable insights from the students and have shared key takeaways with the project’s architect for potential integration into the new library design.”
Kaltreider’s expansion is a direct outcome of York County Libraries $10 million capital campaign to support the growth and renovation of three locations: Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Kreutz Creek Library and Martin Library.  All three projects include an emphasis on providing educational opportunities, technology and dedicated spaces for youth.  
"I personally would like to thank the leadership of York County Libraries and Kaltreider-Benfer Library for ASKING and LISTENING to
 student opinions regarding community needs within the library, especially from the student standpoint,” says Red Lion Area Senior 
High School Career Coordinator Kimberly S. Morris. The students brainstormed how to entice and engage individuals -- from the very
 beginning to later in life -- to view the library as a cornerstone within a community.  “It was great to see the exchange, problem 
solving, and vitality in action,” says Morris.  “These students will be able to visit Kaltreider-Benfer many years from now and say, ‘I
had a part in the decision-making process with the layout, design, and offerings of this library.’  Another true testament to Red Lion 
Kaltreider-Benfer Library is located at 147 S. Charles Street in Red Lion and is a member of York County Libraries. It actively serves the community with educational programming, resources, and technology access.  The library has garnered statewide best practices awards for its sensory story time and escape room programs for youth.   

Deb Sullivan                                                          
Community Relations Director                                      
York County Libraries                                                     
159 E. Market Street                                                      
York, PA 17401                                                                

(717) 849-6931                                                                


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