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A picture form the vintage portrait session held on March 27. Photo courtesy of the William T. Cozby Library.

By Corrina Taylor, BubbleLife Intern

After weeks of peculiar photos, dress up days and handmade vintage lanterns, the Between the Lines reading program has come to an end. This annual program differs each year depending on the book the librarians chose.

This year’s book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, included activities that brought out the peculiarity in students grades six through 12.

The first contest was a photo contest, and after much success, the library began a writing contest. The library posted three grainy and creepy pictures as inspiration for the short stories.

“The writing contest was challenging and fun because it was hard to incorporate the photos seamlessly into the story without just throwing them in at random times,” winner and freshman at Coppell Daniel Koh said. “Having to use the photos made it harder to think of an idea, but it was interesting to write a darker, more peculiar story than I usually read or see in a movie.”

Along with the writing contest, students participated in other events centered around Miss Peregine’s Home for Peculiar Children, too. There was the trivia night where students were paired in teams and answered questions about the book. Winners received gift cards to Sonic.

There was also a day students could dress up in peculiar clothes donated by the librarians and take pictures. Then the students could edit the pictures and make them as creepy as they wanted to. Various props included a Grim Reaper’s scythe and a bust of a woman’s head.

The library incorporated their monthly Teen Interest Group with the Between the Lines program by having a TIG night that included an opportunity to create their own vintage lantern from old jars.

“I get emails about TIG events and visit the library frequently,” writing contestant and eighth-grader at Coram Deo Academy Leah Fung said. “I would recommend Between the Lines to my friends because the events they have surrounding the books are a lot of fun.”

These events allowed students who have never socialized with each other before to have fun and enjoy themselves. At the photo shoot, students came together and helped out each other.

“We want to get teenagers here and we want them to be able to come meet other teens,” librarian Lilia Gans said. “We want students who have never met before to look at all the different possibilities and to show them a different side of the story.”

The library will be sending out a survey to students asking them for their opinions on what they could do to make the program better. The library will also be taking suggestions for the next book for Between the Lines.

There will be more upcoming events from the library, and the TIG will continue throughout the summer so students can continue to connect with other people. The group is student led and the students decide what they want to do.

If the students want to talk about books, the teen meeting will veer in that direction, and if they want to hang out and watch a movie, they are allowed to do that as well.

“The kids that come in here let their hair down and watch a movie and socialize,” Gans said. “We are creating a community. Students across grades and teens from outside of Coppell are invited to meet different people and hang out once a month.”

Although the Between the Lines program has come to an end, the librarians are continually working on new ideas to reach out to the teens of the community.