ANYONE who thinks teenagers are only interested in online networking sites, computer games and hanging around with their mates is in for a refreshing surprise in Bideford. The town's library has started a new group for teens to encourage them to read boo

ANYONE who thinks teenagers are only interested in online networking sites, computer games and hanging around with their mates is in for a refreshing surprise in Bideford.The town's library has started a new group for teens to encourage them to read books and try their hand at creative writing, and so far it's proving a success.The group meets on the first and third Thursdays in the month between 5.30 and 7pm. The group is currently reading Tears of the giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith. Tom Collins from Bideford Library said: "We believe teenagers still love to read, and we want to encourage them as much as possible. We hope to give them ideas of new and perhaps unexpected books to read, and also to give them the confidence to try their own creative writing."The library has also recently launched a 'Books without babies' group for parents and carers. The group is held between 1.30 and 2.30pm on the third Wednesday of the month. A crche is provided, but needs to be booked on 01237 476075. Both groups would welcome new members.