Libraries offer after-school 'study halls'

SUBLETTE COUNTY – The county libraries in Pinedale and Big Piney are opening their community teen rooms to create study halls for middle and high school students who want to study or work on homework.

The study halls are open Mondays through Thursdays after school from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are rules – only 10 kids at a time, masks and social distancing are required, no food and bring your own computers or tablets to access the teen rooms. A library staff member will supervise the study halls.

Until this point, kids and teens under 18 have had to come into the libraries with an adult for brief visits or a scheduled chaperone from the library staff with an appointment. That is still the case except for the study halls.

Sublette County Library Director Sukey Hohl said parents and students have asked about being allowed to come in and use the library after school, which led to the adjustment of current COVID-19 policies to bring them back into the libraries.

The libraries – popular after-school destinations – were closed to people under 18 for months. Now between 3:30 and 4:30 after school they can enter the foyer and staff will help them find books and movies and check them out.

Computers and games are still off limits.

For more information about the study halls, chaperoning and other events happening at the Pinedale Library and Big Piney Library, visit