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Oswego Public Library District previews summer programming, with millennial audience a priority

More programming that appeals to millennials is in the works at the Oswego Public Library District as library staff previewed upcoming programs during a board meeting Wednesday, June 23.

With in-person programs roaring back, Oswego library officials want to prioritize young people, the biggest users of library services. Though no programs have been announced yet, an entire summers-worth of events and activities are already on the library’s calendar with more to come.

“We’re trying to attract older teens, 16 to 18, going up to millennials aged 25 to 40,” said Don Eckles, the library’s assistant head of adult services. “We’ve got some programs that they’re working on.”

Already scheduled programming includes crafting events, escape rooms and mystery-themed nights. A full calendar of library events can be found here. Plenty of programming for children is planned as well. A scavenger hunt through participating businesses in downtown Oswego is slated for Tuesday, June 29, with an all-day escape room box scheduled for Monday, July 19.

“Our wait list is as big as the main list this summer,” said Jill Scott, assistant head of youth services at the library.

Library staff hinted at other events during Wednesday’s meeting. Blues guitarist Studebaker John will perform at a “Blues at the Library” event at the Montgomery campus. In addition, the Oswego library is collaborating with a consortium of over two dozen other libraries to host author Richard Rothstein, whose book “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America” was a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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