The continuing struggle is to get more teens involved in the library. I recently made a guest appearance on the TV at O’Maley Middle School to announce some programs that are in the offering. In spite of the wide spread PR, we are competing with a multitude of after-school programs and sporting events on the weekends.
To celebrate Teen Read Week, October 12th – 18th, my volunteer tech teen, Joey Marino, created a poster event. I purchased software that allows Joey to take photographs of teens reading and transpose the teens onto posters of assorted backgrounds with the word READ on them. The posters will be printed and put up in the YA area.
School collaborations continued this year. The O’Maley Middle School Literature Committee and I chose the novel The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The library purchased extra copies of the book and several copies of the book on CD. We continue to send out Teen Newsletters to the surrounding schools including the new Eastern Point Day School, which has been visiting to do research on interesting aspects of Gloucester. Our newsletter is also accessed online at our website.
The annual High School Photography Contest keeps getting better and better. This year the theme was “What the Ocean Left Behind.” There were thirty-two entries from twenty-eight students from various high schools. Thirty-seven people attended the Awards Ceremony on April 9th. I also attended a Teen Spaces workshop in Shrewsbury and an LSTA grant meeting at NMRLS.
I am working towards exposing the webpages on the Teen Zone in hopes of creating more interest in the new books. There is a lot of interest in the Manga and the drawing books. I continually try to update the various subjects of importance in the science and health areas to ensure the teens are getting updated information.
I, with two adult volunteers, am attempting to apply for two grants that would allow me to offer more meaningful programs and events to Gloucester’s teens.