By Danielle Church

Harker Heights Herald

School is quickly approaching, but that doesn't mean the fun must come to an end.

Beginning Monday, the Harker Heights Public Library will open Teen Café - a weekly come-and-go program for middle school-aged teenagers that includes snacks and interactive activities.

"(It) gives the kids a chance to wind down after school," said Library Clerk Rose Ramon. "It gives them an after-school activity and provides a safe place for them to wait (for their parents)."

She said most of the teens attending are students walking over from Eastern Hills Middle School, located next door to the library, while others are dropped off by their parents solely for participation in the program.

Last year's Teen Café saw "anywhere from 30 to 80 kids each day," according to Ramon. And this year she said they are expecting about the same turnout, if not more depending on after-school activities such as sports.

Sarah Rodriguez, activities specialist, said last year's program was set up in a room at the activities center and will be held there again this year.

"(The program) was kind of a new thing at the end of last year where they (watched) movies and things like that," she said.

In the past, Ramon said additional Teen Café activities included classic board game tournaments as well as video gaming events. She said guest speakers also come talk with the teens.

"It's a really good program for them and they come to expect it and anticipate it," Ramon said.

Teen Café is from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays at the Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail. For more information, call the library at (254) 953-5491.

Contact Danielle Church at dchurch@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7567.

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