By Dot Bergin
Monday, February 3, was the first day on the job for Megan Statza, the new Young Adult/Reference Librarian at the Bedford Free Public Library and she was looking forward eagerly to the Tag Team program for teens that happens each Wednesday afternoon. But last week’s storm put a hold on that. Fortunately, the “storm schedule” spared Feb. 12 and she was able to launch her first program, “Make Ramen and Meet Megan,” as her way of introducing herself to Bedford teens.
Megan says she is very impressed with the strength of the teen program offered by our Library. For now she plans to continue with some of the established Tag Team programs, “tweaking” them a bit to incorporate her own ideas. A fan of Young Adult literature, Megan believes the popularity of some of these titles –many of which are well written and can be enjoyed equally by adults-lies in their exploration of issues that are so challenging to teens. And she’s also a movie buff. One program that intrigues her is the Peeps Diorama competition that gets underway in March.
Growing up in Madison, Wisconsin in a family with three younger siblings, Megan is in touch with the world of young and older teens. The Wednesday afternoon programs usually attract some 20 teens No matter what the theme of the day, Megan said, food in some form or another is usually part of the program, whether it’s a movie, a DIY activity, or playing games on the Library I-Pad.
Megan will be working 28 hours in our Library and on Fridays, will continue working with the teen program at the Goodnow Library in Sudbury. When she isn’t engaged with teens, she works on the Reference desk, fielding questions from Library patrons. In this way, she will soon get to know the adult members of the community as well.
Until Megan came east to attend Simmons College, she had never visited our area. She chose Simmons because it offers a dual master’s degree in Library and Information Science and Children’s Literature, which she received in December 2013. Her undergraduate degree is from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she majored in psychology and English. She’s enjoying getting to know the towns around Boston and is especially looking forward to warmer days when she can explore our area.