Hey teens! Looking for a way to de-stress after a day full of learning once school starts again on August 7th? Hang out with your friends in a fun and safe environment after school three days a week in The Nook at PPL!
“The Nook is for anyone age 12 through high school” said Kirsten Martin, Youth Services Coordinator. “From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Nook is available for that specific age range. After 6:00 p.m., anyone is allowed to come to The Nook. We reserve this time for this set age group so that they can unwind and relax after school together with their friends and not have to worry about smaller children that they might have to keep an eye on, or anything like that.”
“It’s a very open and welcoming environment but there is a bit of structure in The Nook.” said Martin. “Tuesday night is Popcorn and VideoGame night. We have lots of freshly popped popcorn and our Nintendo Switch available. On Wednesday nights we play board games. Exploding Kittens and Forbidden Island are two clear favorites. Thursday is Craft Day, where we gather to work on a previously selected craft. And one Monday a month we meet in the Makerspace for The Nook Cooks, where we cook and then enjoy a previously selected meal together!”
The Nook Advisory Committee meets once a month to discuss what they would like to see and do within The Nook. Members decide what board games to bring into the rotation what crafts to plan, and what meals to make for The Nook Cooks.
“There are 10 spots available for anyone who wants to join The Nook Advisory Committee.” said Martin. “Our first meeting is August 26th and applications can be picked up in The Nook and turned in to me starting August 1st.”
There will soon be a Nook Book Club as well!
“I’ve been working with Alpha Delta Rho sponsor and PHS English teacher Amy Schmeltz to discuss and set up a book club that teens coming to The Nook can get involved with at the high school level.” said Martin. “Homeschoolers are invited to hang out in The Nook and can contact me about the Book Club if they wish to be a part of it as well, once it is established.”
“The Nook was designed to be a safe place for teens to relax and have fun together after school. Teens can bring their own snacks and drinks to munch on as they work on homework or play the games that are available. They can also join in with whatever craft we have going, depending on which night of the week it is.” said Martin. “The Nook has been a big hit since its inception and we always hope to see more new faces!”