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'Rock A Cop' Thursday at library

Mar 7, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge, Staff Writer

The Riverton Branch Library and the Riverton Police Department are partnering to bring Rock a Cop back to the library.

Children and teens age 5 and up can go head-to-head with Riverton police officers at foosball and video games such as Guitar Hero, Kinect games on Xbox 360, Madden NFL on Xbox 360. and Mario Kart on Wii from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 8.

Library assistants Holly Hendrix and Shari Haskins oversee the Teen Department and said they felt it would be beneficial to provide a safe and fun environment in which the children and the police officers could form a relationship that does not involve trouble.

Teri Wiblemo, the library assistant in charge of adult programming, said she is excited about the event and hopes having an array of video games will provide a non-threatening atmosphere in which children would be comfortable.

"We see a lot of troubled teens at the library, and we thought it would be a beneficial program to have," Wiblemo said.

The library debuted Rock a Cop in 2011. Teens originally were supposed to be the only ones playing.

"I don't think we were ready for the flow of kids that showed up at the program last year," Wiblemo said. "Forty-five minutes before we were scheduled to start, the entire lobby was filled with kids waiting to get in. The younger kids wanted to play so bad we decided to let them, which is why this year we decided to make it for all ages."

The library staff invites anyone interested in playing to participate.

"The policemen and the kids have such a great time," Wiblemo said. "Last year, the police officers were not very skilled at the games and got beat by the kids, making it all the more fun for everyone involved. However, I'm sure the police officers have been practicing for this year's event."

The library will provide snacks, and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, call 856-3556.

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