Teen Space Renovation

Announcing the Teen Room Renovation and Expansion Project

Can you help us raise money for a new updated teen space in the main library? Our current space hasn’t been updated since its creation in the early 1990s. It lacks adequate study space, seating, and shelving for our print collection of teen fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and manga. Built before the internet, the space now lacks sufficient electrical outlets to charge laptops and other learning devices. Carpeting and paint are almost 25 years old.

Yet, over the past 6 years teens have shown they need our services more than ever. Since 2011, attendance at our teen programs has grown by a whopping 101%, and circulation of teen print materials has increased by almost 40%. We need a space that can meet the needs of 21st century teens. A planned renovation project will allow us to:

  • expand study space
  • relocate shelving to fit and grow the teen print collection
  • hold recreational, cultural and educational programs directly in the space, enclosed by a soundproof glass wall
  • add electrical outlets and furniture for studying, reading and collaboration
  • replace carpet and paint

We have a fundraising goal of $75,000, and we’ve already raised over $22,000. Can you help us get to the finish line in 2018? Donating is quick and easy – donate online here, or you can mail your donation to:

Beverly Public Library Teen Renovation
32 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915

Please make checks payable to The Friends of the Beverly Public Library. You can also bring your donation to any public desk at the main library – please specify “Teen Renovation.”

The teenage years are a vital time in young people’s lives. Together, we can create a dynamic and inviting space that reflects how we value the present and future contributions of Beverly’s teens in our community. Please consider donating today!

For questions or more information, please contact Allison Babin, Assistant Director, at babin@noblenet.org or our Teen Librarian, Meghan Karasin, at karasin@noblenet.org. Thank you for your support!

 

Rendering of what the new Teen Room will look like following the renovation / Courtesy of architect, Brett Thibault

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