Junior League seeks input on specialty libraries for teens, kids

HARLINGEN — For teenagers and moms with children, it’s time to talk.

The Junior League of Harlingen is marking its 70th anniversary this year with a fundraising project targeting a goal of $300,000 to create a Children’s Library and a Teen Library at the Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive.

To help pinpoint just what is needed in those rooms, the League and the City of Harlingen have scheduled three community forums to gauge interest in ideas and receive input on how those libraries should be designed.

The first is a Teens Focus Group specifically targeting teenagers from 13 to 18 years of age on Feb. 2 at the Harlingen Public Library Auditorium.

The second meeting, this one on Feb. 3, is called the Mommy and Me Focus Group, and seeks input into what should go into the Children’s Library. It will be held at the Harlingen Public Library’s children’s area and is targeting mothers and kids up to 12 years of age.

The third focus group, to meet Feb. 4, will seek input from Harlingen residents on the two specialty libraries. It will be held at the library’s and Junior League’s tent at Market Days on Jackson Street.

“A responsible design for the young adult and children’s area comes from the librarian understanding the group they are working to serve,” said Amy Muniz of the Junior League. “This valuable input will assure our contribution will be a viable one because we are hearing needs and wants directly from the source — the teen user groups.”

Library focus groups schedule

Feb. 2 — Teens Focus Group, Harlingen Public Library Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Feb. 3 — Mommy and Me Focus Group, Harlingen Public Library children’s area, 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 4 — Input from Community, Junior League /library tent, Jackson Street Market Days, 8 to 11 a.m.