Announcing the Teen Room Renovation and Expansion Project
In the past 6 years, the library’s services to Beverly’s teen population have grown dramatically. Compared to 2011, when 586 teens attended 24 programs, in 2016 the library attracted 1,176 teens to 49 programs for their age group. That’s an increase of 99%! In addition, circulation of our teen collection has increased by 39% since 2012.
Yet, the library’s teen section hasn’t been updated since the 1990s. It fits only two tables for collaborating and studying, and a single comfortable chair. It has overcrowded book shelves, and lacks an adequate number of electrical outlets. Carpeting and paint are almost 25 years old.
It’s time for a change, and we’re seeking your help to continue our upward trend of youth engagement. A planned renovation project will allow us to expand study space and hold programs right in a dedicated teen room – and you won’t even hear us, thanks to a new glass wall. Renovation will also include more electrical outlets, updated furniture, hip new carpeting, and a fresh new color scheme. We’ll also be able to provide more room for our growing, well-used collection of books by relocating bookshelves outside the new space.
Can you help us meet our fundraising goal of $75,000 to have this exciting, fresh space ready for 2018? We anticipate construction to begin by spring/summer 2017. 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 reach them now with an updated and inviting space that encourages reading and productive participation in our community. Help us develop lifelong library users. Please consider donating today! For questions or more information, please contact Anna Langstaff at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Allison Babin at email@example.com. You can reach us by phone at 978-921-6062.