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Sewickley library steps back in time with teen disco event Friday

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 11:39 a.m.

Only roller blades and disco balls will be allowed in the Sewickley Public Library parking lot Friday night for a ‘70s-themed teen event.

It's just one of a handful of after-hour events library staff have organized this year in an attempt to increase traffic.

“It's a nice way to get teens to see the library in a different light,” said teen librarian Emily Fear, who is spearheading the event.

The roller disco party is part of her strategy to attract younger patrons, she said.

Since becoming teen librarian last year, Fear said she has developed a reputation for formulating original ideas.

A few of those events included a live-action Pac-Man day where kids experienced the glory days of the ‘80s video game icon and a shark attack day — a late night where teens ventured into the world of the oceans' deadliest predator.

Each is a part of the “After Hours Swag Fest,” which Fear hosts every three months.

As teen librarian, Fear said she always is thinking of new ways to attract younger readers.

Fear said her ideas have changed the landscape of the library scene.

“We end up getting people who don't normally come to the library,” she said. “They come because they want to be here, not because someone made them come.”

The idea for a roller disco party came from a frequent teen visitor of the library, Fear said.

Fear said the teen expressed a certain nostalgia for skating parties.

The plan for the event is simple, Fear said — sanction the parking lot, play some music, raise a disco ball and lay out some food.

The point is to have a good time, she said.

Summer was the prime time to host such an event, because they would not have to compete with fall athletics, Fear said.

“There tends to be less going on in the summer,” Fear said. “We're not competing with football games.”

Fear said her goal is to give teens “an experience they have never had at a library.”

David Paulk is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5804 or dpaulk@tribweb.com.

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