Library welcomes teens to new advisory group

The public library is inviting young people in the eighth to 11th grades to join its planned new teen advisory group. Members will represent their peers, offering suggestions on what books, movies, graphic novels. and other materials the library should purchase for teens and what programs it should plan for them. The group will meet at the library once a month, according to Peter Struzziero, the town’s library director. Struzziero, who was previously teen librarian in Methuen and Scituate, said that when he began his job in Winthrop six months ago, he saw a need to expand the library’s services for teens. He began by dedicating a space for teens, something the library had not formerly had. The creation of the advisory group is a next step. “It’s a way to get teens involved,” he said. “They tend to care a lot more about coming to the library or using the teen space when they had a hand in developing it. This is honestly a chance for us to get kids used to coming to the library and getting active in realizing there is a dedicated space for them.”