Young Adults

The circular saw is guided across the timbers of the Saunders House porch by expert Steve Goodick.


         During Teen Read Week, October 12th – 18th, teens posed for READ pictures, taken and edited by Joey Marino which became posters for the library. The library also celebrated the event with a Photography Workshop led by Sharron Cohen who began a Photography Club with the teens from the workshop.
         In November, the Teen Department had a DDR & Guitar Hero program that was attended by 18 teens. In February, the TAG (Teen Advisory Group) of 11 teens attended a meeting to discuss the grant and enjoyed playing Wii and DDR.
In May, the O’Maley School’s 14 year olds participated in a Teen Job Workshop to help them find their first jobs.           
         School Collaborations: The two private schools and the alternative high school visit the library often to supplement their curriculum.
         The O’Maley Middle School 7th grade of 270 students visited in April on 3 separate days. There were 3 “stations”: in the Friend Room with Wii, DDR, board games and magazines; a tour of the library; and research on Greek and Roman philosophers and leaders in the teen department. Every 45 minutes the students would switch to a different “station”. It was a very successful visit and teachers plan to make this an annual event.
         The O’Maley Middle School Literature Committee and I chose “The City of Ember” by Jeanne Duprau for the summer reading book.
         The most exciting news is that the Young Adult Department was awarded a 2 year LSTA “Serving Tweens and Teens” grant for $20,000! It was awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners in July. This grant will allow the library to buy furniture, computer peripherals, gaming electronics, and library materials for teens. The grant also pays for workshops and events such as Photography Workshops, Graphic Novel drawing, Magic, and a trip to Barnes and Noble to purchase books. The grant is for grade 6 and up of all students in the local Gloucester schools.
         The library staff and dedicated volunteers greatly aided in the formation and submission of this grant which had a direct impact on its success.

Respectfully submitted,  

Cindi Williams
Young Adult Librarian