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About the Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

Founded in November of 2012, the library’s TAB officially stands for Teen Advisory Board (and unofficially stands for Totally Awesome Book-lovers). The board is made up of teenagers in middle and high school who have a desire to help their community and a love for the library. The TAB meets with the Teen Librarian monthly to help plan programs, select books, and make other suggestions for how the library can improve its services to teens to fulfill their needs and interests.

ten TAB members at 2022 summer reading kickoff event

Officers and Board Members (2021-2022)

President: Kailey Quintino
Vice president: Ashton Harville-Fry
Secretary: Payton Andrews
Display Coordinator: Bridget Booth
Anime Coordinator: Auden Philbrick
Annika Barrett
Ella Checksfield
Claire Healey
Norah Jewett
Grace Pelletier
Althea Pisani-Gross
Clea Shumria

TAB Alumni

Cameron AbellSiyana Minkova
Logan CandeloraNola Minogue
Malia ColeSolenn Minogue
Laura ConnerJames McIntosh
Maria ConnorThien-Kim N Nguyen
Heidi EberhardtLibby Panico
Eli EberhardtLilly Povey
Ada FernandezRenee Pelletier
Emma JackimowiczAmanda Rosenberg
Shannon LeftridgeEmily Rosenberg
Deirdre MaciakLogan Rushing
Sydney MaciakJackie Swanick
Eliza Michaels

Some Major Accomplishments Since 2012

  • Selected over 100 new books for the YA collection by reading professional reviews
  • Helped plan summer reading events for four consecutive summers
  • Recruited new members to build a dedicated board
  • Chose fabric and created a plan for new pillows for the YA area
  • Voted to add a comfortable arm chair to the YA area
  • Increased social media presence of TAB by creating a Tumblr
  • Assisted with planning and executing a “stuffed animal sleepover” for children
  • Created beautiful new displays in the YA area on a monthly basis
  • Assisted with an interactive movie experience for teens
  • Recorded and shared all minutes via Google Docs and used Skype to connect with members that couldn’t attend in person
  • Created videos to promote summer reading for the CSLP Teen Video Challenge (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Ran a toiletries collection drive for Waltham House, which raised 87 individual items weighing 34 pounds
  • Attended the Boston Book Festival in 2014
  • Participated in the BFYA Teen Feedback Session at the American Library Association’s 2016 Midwinter Conference
  • Ongoing: Scoop ice cream and register kids for Beverly Library’s Annual Summer Reading Sign Up Night

Contact Katie Nelson with any questions.