New ‘Crunch Time’ event set at library

Bayli Rhodes

Staff Writer

ELKINS — The Elkins-Randolph County Public Library is going to host their first-ever teen-only night on Sunday.

The new “Crunch Time” event is slated for 5-8 p.m. and will allow local high schoolers to have their own time at the library to focus on finals with study tips, relax with therapy dogs and enjoy free pizza.

“Its a low pressure, social time centered around the specific needs of teenagers in our community.” Stephanie Murphy, Elkins-Randolph County Public Library executive director said. “Our kickoff event is geared towards finals, but our vision for ‘Crunch Time’ is to provide life skills, pre-college tips and stress management activities that teens aren’t necessarily receiving in schools.

Crunch Time’s scheduled dates are for this Sunday and Dec. 16 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. for an end of fall classes celebration.

The event will also offer new study sessions and a place for teens to hang out.

On Sunday, the library will offer teen-related tips, activities, tutors and more.

“I would say that it is very important, almost necessary to have the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library to help students with academics,” Elkins High School sophomore Anson Simms said.

Simms said the library has the ability to host an event that focuses on studying for finals but in a fun and stress-free way.

“I think it is a well thought out idea to bring academics and fun together with anxiety and stress relieving activities like dogs,” Simms said.

Multiple therapy dogs will be visiting teens at the event at the “stress free” stations located throughout the library.

Study stations will also be spread out through the library, with help by subject and test prep tablets.

Study tips will also be offered, including memorization and annotation help and tricks.

Teens can also study on their own or in groups. Crunch Time is open to all high schoolers in the local Elkins area, including homeschool and private school students.

Homeschool student Jenna Cummins said there is a need for a program that includes both private and homeschooled individuals in studying and test preparation.

“I think it’s important because there is not a lot of things that are for homeschooled people or people at private schools to study with.” Cummins said. “There is not a lot of opportunities for academic help because we don’t use the same curriculum as public schools.”

Snacks, including pizza, vegetables, cookies and drinks will also be provided at the event.

Parents and teens can gain more information about the event, by following the teen-managed social media for “Crunch Time” on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat or by visiting the ERCPL’s website.