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No one is alone at The Edge

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CARD GAMERS: Teens and a volunteer play Apples to Apples in Harry’s Coffee Shop.
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ROLE PLAYERS: Teen Services Clerk and library Dungeon Master Wynn Zetterberg, weaves a fanciful tale for young Dungeons and Dragons players.

By Leeann Doerflein - news@ftimes.com

Being a teen can be hard, but there is a place in Frankfort where teens can go to be themselves and pursue their interests. The Frankfort Community Public Library and “The Edge” teen department is that place.

About 30 teens and almost as many volunteers gathered Saturday for one the department’s two annual gaming lock-ins. After normal library hours, teens from sixth grade up had the run of the library to play card games, board games, table top games and video games. From a special Dungeons and Dragons campaign to playing Mario Kart larger than life on the Skanta Theater projector screen, teens were able to enjoy their favorite games in new ways.

And it is not just Saturday. Each day at the FCPL, teens can play games, read, get homework help and more without fear or judgement. Co-existing with other teens minus the judgement is one thing that Kayaela Corkwell loves about the library.

“I like that you can come here, and game not be judged and called a nerd,” she said.

Teen Services Manager Rachel Milburn said the The Edge is beloved by many “regulars” who come to the library each day to read, game, do homework or just hang out in the bully-free zone. They even created the motto “No one is alone at The Edge” based on the positive atmosphere.

Des-Ray Plowman and Eve Jackson come every day for just those reasons.

“It is fun just to hang out here, even with the people who work here,” Jackson said.

As the school year winds down, Milburn is planning many summer activities and putting together a space themed “Universe of Stories” summer reading program.

In the meantime, teens can enjoy a weekly arts and craft project Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. or can join the weekly Dungeons and Dragons game on Tuesdays 6-7 p.m. This week’s craft will allow teens to “subvert expectations” by zombifying a Barbie doll. Those interested should sign-up online or call 654-8746 to register, as supplies will be limited.

Homework help and essay writing assistance is available Monday to Wednesday nights 5-6 p.m. and Thursdays 4-6 p.m. Activities around studying specifically for final exams will be scheduled in April and May, with the first session on April 11 4:30-6:30 p.m. to feature finals survival tips with free finals survival kits for attendees.