BEVERLY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — School is just about to start for students in Beverly, and when they do, they'll have a new space dedicated entirely for them at the city's public library.
The Beverly Public Library opened its new Teen Room last Friday, a newly-renovated area for students in grades six through 12 to hang out, read, and study with their peers. Katie Nelson is the Head of Teen Services at the library and she told WBZ's Brooke McCarthy the new Teen Room was five years in the making.
"I think the biggest thing is that it just shows how important the teens are in Beverly," Nelson said. "We want them to feel comfortable coming to the library. It builds good literacy skills and builds good library skills."
The Teen Room has shelves of teen fiction books, a large lime green couch, egg chairs, artwork on the walls, magazines, and computers for kids to enjoy. While the room is available for teens only, people who aren't teenagers can join the kids if they're helping them with things like tutoring. Nelson said the teen room would not have been possible without support and input from the kids themselves.
"They were monumental in fundraising, enthusiasm, and all that good stuff," Nelson said.
The teen room officially opened to the public on Friday, Aug. 19.
WBZ's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports.