Calexico public library gets a ‘teen scene'

January 12, 2002|By Aaron Claverie, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — To stoke interest in the written word among her peers, Calexico High School Bulldog Zarina Rios remodeled a section of the Camarena Memorial Library for her senior class project.

The new "Teen Scene" has plush, colorful IKEA chairs, stylish tables and book shelves.

Librarian Sandra Tauler said the new setup allows the library to display more than $10,000 in new "teen" books.

Just before the 3:30 p.m. Monday grand-opening extravaganza, Tauler will bring out 60 more books especially for teen readership. There will be refreshments.

To get the new furniture for the "scene," Zarina, 17, wrote to the manager of San Diego's IKEA.

He gave the library a 25 percent discount on $3,000 worth of stuff and the help of a design consultant.

Last weekend Zarina's friends and family helped put together the furniture along with library staffers.

Zarina's project fulfilled a graduation requirement but she was further motivated by the apathetic responses she hears from friends when she tries to talk about the books she reads.


"I like to read personally. I don't understand why they don't. I thought that maybe remodeling the area would attract them to reading," she said.

Her favorite books are novels by Sandra Brown and Louisa May Alcott's classic, "Little Women."

Zarina's plans after graduation include undergraduate work at San Diego State University or Cal State San Marcos toward a long-term goal of becoming a school principal.

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