Summer looks a little different for Tyson Library’s Teen Council compared to the other classes. The teens’ activities tend to stray from the annual theme. This year our council members explored several topics, including communication skills, mental health, and physical health practices.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Tyson Library Teen Council members work to decide which items might be the most helpful to them in an emergency scenario. In this case, they had to save themselves from a shipwreck with items like food rations and a mirror. Pictured, from left, are Kaylee, Abbie, and Mavery.

Children and Teen Programming Coordinator Aly Wright said the library aims to offer the teens a chance to learn different skills each summer. This year she planned to focus the teens Friday afternoon classes around topics to help them learn about health and happiness.

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Marie Menchhofer speaks to the Tyson Library Teen Council about mental health. She explains why it is important to talk about, pay attention to, and take care of your mental health.

Early in the summer Aly led a program on effective communication. In another session, the teens used their deductive reasoning skills in a life-sized game of Clue. And, at their final summer session, they heard from Main Street Versailles President Holly Wehr about giving back to their community. After hearing from Holly, the teens painted rocks with fun designs and positive messages to hide around the community as part of the ongoing #VersaillesRocks campaign. If you spot a fun, painted rock around town, post a picture to social media with the hashtag to help spread the joy!

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – The Tyson Library Teen Council paint rocks to the ongoing Versailles Rocks campaign. Main Street Versailles President Holly Wehr tells the teens about being involved and volunteering in the local community.

Our Teen Council is open for all students in grades 7-12. They meet monthly throughout the year to participate in various programs and service projects. To learn more, go to

TYSON LIBRARY PHOTO – Tyson Library Teen Council members use their attention to detail and deductive reasoning skills in a life-sized game of Clue one Friday afternoon this summer. At the end, one teen had solved the case! Pictured, from left, are Abbie, Mavery, Crystal, and Nolan.