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Teens can become "Book Junkies'

AUBURN - Idle teenagers, the saying sort of goes, are the devil's playthings.

Well, close enough.

Folks at the Auburn Public Library this year are offering a solution for teens worried about slipping into the boredom that can accompany summer break.

For the second year running, the library is planning a "Book Junkies" teen reading program for adolescent bookworms in Barrow and Gwinnett counties and beyond.

The program consists of free, weekly meetings, held in conjunction with summer reading programs for children, that encourage camaraderie through reading for middle and high-schoolers in the area.

A planning meeting for participants is scheduled for

6 p.m. Monday.

Teens who read chapter books and complete book reports are eligible for prizes, including an MP3 player, said Kitti McKean, branch manager at Auburn Public Library.

There's no limit on participants. And you don't have to hold a library card.

The objective is simple:

"I hope they can have a good time," McKean said, "have a place to hang out for the summer and read a lot of books."

SideBar: If You Go

· What: "Book Junkies" teen reading program (organizational meeting)

· When: 6 p.m., Monday

· Where: Auburn Public Library 24 Fifth St., Auburn, 30011

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Call 770-513-2925