Library stages AHS Book Exchange with Kiwanis, gets new teen librarian

ARLINGTON Arlington Teen Librarian Rob Branigin hopes the upcoming Arlington High School Book Exchange will start a trend, but he wont be around to see it.
The AHS Book Exchange takes place Feb. 26 at 11 a.m., with funding provided by the Arlington Kiwanis Club. Students will be able to bring their used books to the high school library, exchange them with their classmates during lunch, and register for prize drawings.
We have three $50 Amazon gift cards to give away, Branigin said. It was our first big outreach to the high school. Because of the limited amount of space in our library, in future months were planning remote programs, in places such as the high school.
Patrons of the Arlington Library can look forward to seeing these, but Branigin cant, because within a month to six weeks from now, hell be the full-time youth librarian at the Stanwood Library. Branigin is currently working 20 hours each at the Arlington and Stanwood libraries, but both libraries have expanded their teen librarian positions to full-time jobs.
Theyre already doing interviews to fill my job here in Arlington, Branigin said. This is good news for the Arlington Library, because with a full-time teen librarian of its own, it qualifies to receive grants from the Sno-Isle Foundation for teen projects. Ive already started developing such projects for the Stanwood Library, so it just makes more sense for a new librarian to start from ground zero and develop his or her own projects for the Arlington Library.

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