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New librarian eager to delve into youth programming

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Deborah VanDetta, Estacadas new youth services librarian, is eager to offer a variety of programs that appeal to younger readers.Deborah VanDetta, Estacada’s new youth services librarian, is eager to bring a variety of programs to teens and younger readers.

“I really want the library to be a community center for the youths,” she said. “We have the ability to have lots of programs, with different content and connections.”

VanDetta, who has has been working at the Estacada library since last month, is no stranger to youth library programming. After earning a master’s degree in library science from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in art history from Rutgers University, she worked at elementary school libraries in Portland for several years. Prior to that, she assisted with the volunteer-run art literacy programs at Beaverton elementary schools.

“I’ve always been a reader, and I’ve always loved libraries,” she said.

VanDetta is excited about the variety of potential youth programs at the library.

“With kids programing, there’s so much variety,” she said. “You can incorporate art, music and games.”

Depending on interest, VanDetta hopes to start a family game day and book clubs.

She is continuing the library’s Lego club and story time.

She also hopes to reinvigorate the library’s teen program.

“In the future, I want to create an advisory board for teens, where they can share their ideas of what they’d like to see at the library,” she said.

VanDetta said it would be difficult to envision what the library’s youth programs would look like, since she’s eager to incorporate feedback from younger readers.

“I hope it interests them, and keeps them coming back,” she said.

She believes books hold possibilities for readers of all ages.

“I think it’s great to see a different point of view, and follow that question of ‘what if?’ “ she said.

Need a good book?

Though VanDetta has encountered many appealing young adult novels, there are several that stand out to her. One is “The Witch of Blackbird Pond” by Elizabeth George Speare. “I love that (the protagonist) really discovers her self confidence,” VanDetta said.

More information

For a complete list of events at the Estacada library, including programming for children and teens, visit www.estacada.lib.or.us/news-information/calendar-of-events.