I found this on an old listserv, but the story is still very encouraging. I especially like the part where they let the teens determine the bands:
Rockin' the stacks: 'Loud at the Library' concert targets teens
By J.T. Harris staff writer
January 8, 2004
Nary a whisper will be heard at the Blake Library in Stuart on Friday night -- but it won't be due to librarians strictly enforcing noise codes.
Friday night's emphasis will be on volume, not volumes, as high-decibel music reverberates through the normally serene bookshelves, research stations and magazine racks. Three live bands -- Hollow Point, Neverhood and Last Laugh -- are scheduled to perform during a special teenagers' event billed as "Loud at the Library." "
We're excited about this," said Lora Fegley, Blake's Youth Services coordinator. "It's going to be an adventure."
Teens, Fegley said, helped bring the idea to fruition during an open-mic event in November. Some of the teen participants noted that the library had a nice stage and suggested it could be used by bands.
"I told them if they would help with the bands, we could do it," Fegley said. The teens selected the bands, all local rock groups, and a new Blake Library tradition could be under way.
"I've been wanting to have something like this, and the kids' help made it possible," Fegley said. Each of the bands will have a one-hour set, including set-up and take-down time. An order of appearance has yet to be determined.
The free event targets teenagers, Fegley said, but there will be adult supervision. The Martin County Parks and Recreation Department and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County are also participating.
Sodas will be available at a nominal price.
In addition to providing entertainment for teens, Fegley said one of the purposes of the event is to expose them to the library and its services.
"This is a fine way to get teens into the library," said Judi Snyder, Blake's branch manager. "We want to show them that the library might begin with books, but it doesn't end there. The library is a great place for kids to come together."
Friday also marks the fifth anniversary of the Blake Library, and another -- quieter -- celebration is planned at 10 a.m.
Snyder will preside over a cake-cutting ceremony, and the Friends of the Blake Library will serve coffee and cake to the first patrons through the doors.
The "Loud at the Library" scheduling on the library's fifth birthday was a coincidence, but Snyder said, "I think it's great. It adds to the celebration."
If you go What: "Loud at the Library" concert When: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday Where: Blake Library[contact info]