The Washington County Free Library celebrated the grand opening of its new Teen Loft with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 10.
Funding for the Teen Loft came primarily from the Library Board of Trustees, with a $1,000 donation from Sunrise Rotary, $1,000 from Sam's Club and $500 from the library's Teen Advisory Board. Borders Books and Music donated 61 CDs.
The Teen Loft is the culmination of several years of the library's outreach program to teens in the community. The library has had a Teen Advisory Board for five years and has held many programs for teens, including open mic nights, poetry readings, movie nights, technology showcase and author visits.
Teens from all local high schools are volunteer members of the board. They held several fundraisers for the loft.
The teens provide the programs and have helped other departments. They volunteered to do a puppet show for children.
They have supplied displays to showcase library materials, and have assisted library staff with community programs. They developed their own Dead Poets Society and have met biweekly for more than a year.