Not-So-Extreme Library Makeover: YA Edition

Things were getting just a tiny bit crowded in the Young Adult section at Fairmount, so we decided to move things around and freshen up the place.  To help with the shifting we enlisted two brand new teen volunteers, siblings Anthony and Bethany.  We reeeealllly appreciate all the input they provided.  Reeeeallllly.  They did a great job!  If you don’t count all the dusting we had to endure, it was kinda fun shifting the collection, rearranging shelves, and creating new displays. 

It all started when Bethany came in to the library one day to inquire about being a teen volunteer.  After sharing my makeover plan with her she offered up her time and we agreed to take on the project the next Saturday morning.  Well, that Friday she called and left a message saying she had the flu and wouldn’t be able to make it in, but that her brother could come in and help out.  Fine by me.  Then Saturday morning rolls around and they both show up.  How cool is that?!?  You think you’re getting one volunteer and suddenly you have two.  We sure had a great time. 

I quickly learned that working with volunteers who are brother and sister makes for a hilarious morning at the library.  It was great fun to listen to them gently bicker with one another about whether “guy books” or “girl books” should be on display.  Their opposing tastes in books turned out to be highly valuable input that allowed for the displays to cater to a variety of interests.  My favorite moment was not when I could see how proud they were of themselves and their work, nor was it when they were talking about how they were having a good time and would like to volunteer again, rather, my favorite moment was when Anthony said, “Yeah, I’ve always kinda thought that if I could ever be a Greek God, I would be the God of Libraries.”

The next time you’re at the Fairmount St. Library make a point to stop by the YA section and see the new setup.   The circulating videogames are now on a different shelf, and the “NEW” books have their own display unit.  Feel free to let us know what you like/dislike.  We love suggestions, especially from our teen patrons.  Plus, if you’re ever interested in volunteering let us know.  You can always apply the time you spend helping out towards service hours that you might need to accrue for school or church.

Oh, and actually, my favorite moment of the day was when Anthony was giving Bethany a hard time about putting so many of the “girl books” on display and she replied with, “You’re just mad that you don’t get to read the girl books.  You wish you could read girl books.  You wish.”

Thanks to both Anthony and Bethany for their fantastic help!


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