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Boys rule at special Hunter Library club

Thursday, January 17, 20131037 views

Calling all male ninjas, Jedi, gladiators and chemists. The Hunter Library “No Girls Allowed” club has activities to inspire whatever kind of imagination you may have.

The club meets every month at the Hunter Library, located at 4740 West 4100 South. Along with the aforementioned “career choices,” the club dives into books and activities of particular interest to young boys.

“We always have lots of fun activities that are geared toward these boys and what they might be interested in,” Youth Services Librarian Susan Jeppesen said. “We take something that they are reading and try to make it come alive for them.”

The club meets the second Wednesday of every month from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Hunter Library meeting room. As the name implies, the club is for boys only, ages 7 to11.

“Though we don’t card anybody at the door, the activities are geared toward that age group,” Jeppesen said, “but if a younger or older boy would feel comfortable with that, we would love to have them.”

Each month, the group has a particular focus that usually comes from a certain book the boys have available to read. January’s club centered around Scooby Doo. Throughout the year, topics will range from learning about the Middle Ages, to the elements, origami and the five senses.

“We usually have a craft project that they can take home with them and a couple of really fun activities that we enjoy together,” Jeppesen said.

Though Jeppesen admits that there has been some criticism about excluding girls from the group, she feels that having a group with this specific focus can be beneficial for the club members.

“It is important for boys to get that one-on-one time and to be able to socialize with other boys in a setting that is comfortable for them,” she said. “The wonderful thing about these young boys is that when you pique their interest, they can really accomplish some amazing things.”

The club is open to any boys age 7 to11 without need to register. Despite the “No Girls Allowed” name, moms are more than welcome to stay with the boys and watch.

“We usually let little sisters check out what we did once the activity is over too,” Jeppesen said.

The library hosts “Great Reads for Girls” on the third Thursday of each month.

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