Young Adult Department
The YA Department is looking good! As with any building, it takes time to create a safe, viable space that welcomes teens. The addition of colorful rugs, a funky lamp and comfortable chairs (reupholstered by volunteer Carol Kelly) attracts teens to relax, read magazines, finish homework, and browse the new books. Joey Marino, a teen volunteer publishes the YA Newsletter that is available on-line and in paper form; creates the program flyers and is the photographer at all the YA events.
School Collaborations: This year the O’Maley Middle School Literature Committee and I chose the novel “Hoot” by Carl Hiaasen for their whole school summer read. The library again downloaded the book onto 4 I-Pods to aid students in their reading.
The Children’s and YA Department hosted three events to celebrate the book HOOT. The first, a Nature Mosaic workshop with Sheila Jones, the teens made owl mosaics. The second, an owl presentation by Wingmasters allowed teens to see live owls and learn many interesting facts about them. The third, the Friend Room was turned into a movie theatre and the teens watched the movie HOOT and played a trivia game for prizes.
The 8th grade curriculum at O’Maley added 3 units. Eighth grade teacher Ann Ziergiebel and I collaborated on a fiction reading list for the first unit, Africa. We plan to meet in the future for the other two units.
The Teen Advisory Group produced a “September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month video that was broadcast to the O’Maley School community and also on local cable. It highlights the important aspects of the library in a “teen friendly” way.
The Gloucester High School Librarian, Mary Saunders was awarded an LTSA grant to enhance the Vocational/Technology collection. One of the criteria of the grant is to collaborate with the public library. The YA Working Group and Mary Saunders are going to host a series of career nights with guest speakers on each “shop” and “tech” programs the high school offers.
Library Workshops: Once again, due to the generosity of the Gloucester Cultural Committee the YA Working Group hosted a Photography contest for Gloucester high school teens. The theme was “Exquisite Decrepitude”. There were thirty-eight photography entries from twenty-seven students. The awards were presented at a reception on April 4th in the YA department. Also, Amy Dengler graciously volunteered to facilitate a Teen Publishing Workshop, the North Shore Career Center hosted a 2 part Teen Job Workshop in April with 30 teens attending and teens attended a movie/ornament decorating workshop.
Collection: The collaborations with the Gloucester schools and the monthly book displays continue to increase the reading interest of teens. The collaborations with the schools also keep me abreast of curriculum changes which impacts book ordering. Ordinarily the summer months are slow for shelving but interesting enough, a large number of books went out and the circulation statistics for YA books keeps increasing.