“Game On”, a Westhampton Free Library program that encourages teens to utilize the library’s computers and video games, has been expanded allowing participants to watch movies, play video games, dance or just socialize with one another.
Game On has made Westhampton Library a Saturday night hot spot for teens since 2005. The program was the brainchild of Dave Jones, head of computers and digital services. “When it first started the main idea was for teens to come and play video games, but it has gone on for so long and it has evolved into something bigger,” said Jones. “I have considered changing the name to “Teen Night” because we have so many kids coming to do more things than just play video games.”
Between 30 and 40 youngsters participate weekly. The program starts at 5 p.n. when the library officially closes its doors, and runs through 10 p.m. It was created to give the library more of a community feel, provide teens a place to go on a Saturday night to keep them out of trouble, and give them an opportunity to acquire an appreciation of being a library patron. In fact, some participating children have grown up and returned to the library as employees.
Game On is free and open to teenagers who have library cards. Those interested in participating should call Mr. Jones at (631) 288-3335.