Teens spruce up their space at Martin Library

Students at York Suburban High School created banners to brighten up the Teen Forum at Martin Library. (Submitted)

Students at York Suburban High School created banners to brighten up the Teen Forum at Martin Library. (Submitted)

Dawn States, teen services coordinator at Martin Library,  is overjoyed with the newest additions to the library’s Teen Forum: new teen-designed banners to highlight the different genres of books.

States said the Teen Forum previously had small, boring old posters that were falling off the walls. One day, she was wandering around with teen volunteer Jennifer Seabra, rehanging the posters, and talked about how she wanted something different.

“I was like, ‘Ugh these stupid banners, I really want new ones,” States said. “And she said, ‘You know, my high school could do that. … My high school could paint you new ones.'”

States and her volunteer, a York Suburban High School senior and an officer in the National Art Honors Society, worked out the logistics with the art teacher at York Suburban.

York Suburban High School students designed new banners to highlight book genres in the Teen Forum at Martin Library. (Submitted)

York Suburban High School students designed new banners to highlight book genres in the Teen Forum at Martin Library. (Submitted)

Recently the National Art Honors Society donated four large banners, with a fifth on the way, to the Teen Forum.

“It was really cool to see it come together. I had wanted new banners, but I wasn’t really sure how go to about them, I didn’t really want weird posters again,” States said, “The brilliancy of this is teens wanting to contribute and teens getting to see other teens’ work in the Teen Forum.”

The new banners were presented to Martin Library on May 10.

“It was really cool to see all of the people who had worked on it… It wasn’t a huge amount [of people] but I had coworkers come through and check out the banners and that’s really awesome for the whole building to see what is going on in the arts and the Teen Forum,”  States said.

States did not have any particular requests for the banners other than them to be cohesive and book related.

“I wanted to really give them artistic license. I wanted them to create something awesome and not me telling them what to paint. So I let them go for it and the result is really, really cool,” she said.

Seabra said the entire project was a group effort. “Our chapter has about 30 members including our four officers… We all chipped in, including our adviser.”

“Coming up with the design we all just sat at a table and looked at the main titles that Dawn had given us for each… We just came up with characters and the right font,” she said.

York Suburban High School students designed new banners to highlight book genres in the Teen Forum at Martin Library. (Submitted)

York Suburban High School students designed new banners to highlight book genres in the Teen Forum at Martin Library. (Submitted)

Which is her favorite?

“I’m in between the paranormal romance and the adventure, I love those both,” Seabra said. “I liked adventure for the books, the design, and how it was two different banners. I liked the paranormal romance because it came out really well and polished out of all of them.”

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Kate Cramer is an upcoming sophomore at Susquehannock High School. Besides studying and writing for Teen Takeover, she spends her time enjoying great literature, art, photography, tennis, and the outdoors.

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