Young adults looking for a place to hang out may want to check out the young adult section at the Milford Public Library. With a new young adult librarian who has a passion for literature aimed at grades 6 to 12, as well as a passion for technology and the many ways of sharing and experiencing literature, the library is reaching out to the city\u2019s young adults \u2014 and has no plans to shush them. Diana Preece isn\u2019t exactly new to the Milford Library staff. She\u2019s been here since 2012, when she was hired to work in circulation. But just last month Preece was tapped to be the library\u2019s first young adult librarian to help better serve the middle and high school age readers in Milford.Change in staffing\u201cOur media librarian, Arthur Bargar, retired after 33 years of service and I decided to switch the position to the young adult position,\u201d said Library Director Christine Angeli. \u201cAs we looked at services we offered, and what we could be doing better, it was quite obvious that we had not been serving the middle\/high population well. Staff from both the adult and children\u2019s departments made school visits, and we maintained a collection of materials, but there was no one person to reach out to the teens and to take a focused approach to building programs and services that will assist them in their personal and academic pursuits.\u201d Preece, who had been sharing her expertise on young adult material \u2014 including trending and graphic novels and older classics \u2014 applied for the new position and got it. Since stepping into the spot, she\u2019s stepped up her ambitious ideas to cater better to young adults and draw more of them into the library.A gathering place\u201cWhen I was in high school, we wanted a place to hang out,\u201d Preece\u00a0said, recalling that the libraries where she grew up were ideal for gathering to do homework and such after school. But her vision is a little bigger than that. She wants this to be an open place, and with signs she\u2019s posted that earmark tables for teens and signs that encourage them to share, read, invent and hang out, she\u2019s helping to dispel the age old notion that the library is just a place where a person sits quietly and reads alone. Of course there are still quiet sections of the library, but the young adult section, which is upstairs in the adult department, is a place unto itself and dialogue is more than welcome. The tables are surrounded by the latest in teen series and hits, like John Green\u2019s The Fault in Our Stars, and older reads like the Princess Diaries and the Harry Potter books, plus books about dystopian societies and others based on history. Milford\u2019s young adults are diverse readers, Preece said. \u201cSeries are really popular,\u201d she added, indicating a number of series on the shelves. Vampires aren\u2019t as big as they were a few years ago: \u201cTwilight is over,\u201d she said, referring to books by Stephenie Meyer that had readers clamoring for the next installment, and then the next, about five years ago. Today zombies are \u201cin,\u201d especially with the popularity of the AMC series The Walking Dead, Preece said. There are magazines in this young adult section, too, like Seventeen, plus audio books and ebook availability. Nearby, a former passport office is being transformed into the MakerSpace, where there will be a 3D printer and other equipment where the tech savvy age group will be able to edit videos, design software, and maybe dabble with robotic programs and even a sewing machine. MakerSpaces are popping up all over the country, Preece said. \u2018\u201cThey are places where the community can come together to learn skills, share technology, create and more,\u201d she explained. \u201cWe want them to feel like this is their space,\u201d she added.Growing the collectionThe Young Adult section isn\u2019t new, but with Preece in charge, Angeli said the collection and programs will grow. \u201cDiana \u00a0brings to the position a passion and interest for helping Milford youth connect with the resources they need to be successful, both academically and personally,\u201d Angeli said. \u201cHer knowledge of our library and the Milford community will enable her to get started right away on building relationships with other youth service organizations in town, and creating a newly energized feel for the teen department. I couldn\u2019t be more thrilled to have her lead this new department.\u201d Preece said she is looking forward to spending more time in Milford\u2019s schools and collaborating with teachers and the schools\u2019 media centers, as well as developing more programs within the library.A callingLibraries aren\u2019t by any means new to this new young adult librarian. There was a point in her life when she told herself she was not going to be a librarian: She\u2019d been a library paige and a library assistant in Shelton and worked at her college library. Her mother is a librarian in Shelton, and her mother-in-law is a librarian in Maine. Her husband isn\u2019t a librarian, he\u2019s a graphic artist, but he\u2019s actually working in a library right now, Preece\u00a0said with a laugh. Apparently the library was calling her. Preece earned her bachelor\u2019s degree in anthropology from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and her master\u2019s degree in library and information science from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She said she loves her job. \u201cI look forward to doing wonderful things here in the future,\u201d Preece said.