As the West Feliciana Library’s teen consultant, Desiree Alexander is responsible for organizing youth activities, games and events.
Alexander works as a media specialist and technology liaison as well in Zachary at the Career and Technical Center’s library, keeping both libraries’ calendars filled with events for children and teens.
An event for teens and tweens on Dec. 18 pitted students against teachers for a night of battles and competitive fun at the West Feliciana Parish Library.
Game Night invited youth from parish schools to bring a teacher or school employee for a night of games.
“Students who brought teachers also won a prize,” Alexander said.
For two hours, local teens and tweens competed with one another and a few teachers, playing Jenga, Scrabble, Uno, chess and checkers, and even some classic games such as Clue, Go Fish, Old Maid and hula hoop.
Alexander also held a do-it-yourself snow globe activity in December and threw a murder mystery dinner party at both libraries for students from the St. Francisville and Zachary communities.
The second annual Teen Murder Mystery is a program that develops over a three-course meal, Alexander explained.
“One of the guests ‘dies’ during the second course and the murderer is revealed during the third,” Alexander said.
According to Alexander, during each course, guests are given roles to play and receive clues that they must try to solve while mingling with the other guests.
“They are the detectives. They have notepads and don’t know if they’ll be the victim or the murderer until it actually happens,” Alexander said.
This year’s murder mystery was held at the fictitious Ravenwood Manor (the library). Alexander described it as “a party at a mansion with shady, big-wig people from the city.”
About 18 teens attended each mystery dinner, participated in a best mask contest and were awarded gift cards and prizes.
“Both events were a huge success,” Alexander said.
For information about upcoming teen events in West Feliciana, email Alexander at wfplteen firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at (225) 635-3364.