ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY
GLOUCESTER LYCEUM AND SAWYER FREE LIBRARY
This year brought an end to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners grant of $20,000.00. Due to the continued dedication and support of the library staff and volunteers, we served 1835 teens during the life of the grant. The homework club which operates on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons has seen a progression of increased activity with teens that require access to technology during the school year. The Teen Zone is now a welcoming space for teens with this year's addition of IKEA furniture, a sectional, 2 bamboo rockers, and 3 Foofs (structured beanbags).
A group of teens shopped at Barnes and Noble during February vacation and spent a whopping $1400.00 on books for the teen collection. This group was so excited to read these books they volunteered an afternoon to prep the books for faster input into the library database.
There were many events and workshops covering a variety of interests: Andy Fish Graphic Novels, Lotus Book Making, Henna Workshop, Wii & Game Afternoons, Teen Movies, Harry Potter Origami, and Basic Adobe Photoshop Classes. The top three events deemed by the teems were the Cambridge Library Trip, the Vampire Mystery Dinner and the Library Mini-Golf.
The Cambridge Library has an incredible Teen Room and a state of the art addition. Eleven teens traveled to Cambridge and were given a tour by Maya Escobar, the teen librarian. Then they were off to Harvard Square for lunch at Fire & Ice. The Vampire Mystery Dinner is performed by the Gloucester High Drama Club, an interactive play where the guests figure out the identity of the murderer. This was held after hours on the main floor of the library.
The Library Mini-Golf was THE most successful event garnishing almost 200 teens playing golf on all three floors of the library on a Friday night. The 18th hold was outside the Friend Room where pizza, coke and a trophy awaited the players.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant of 2010 made it possible for teens to make Mother's Day mugs, Father's Day mugs, learn to cook with Cooking with Katie, and create a watercolor painting during a program called Visual Music.
Young Adult Librarian