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Volunteers create teen space at Lynn Public Library


Fourteen teens gave up a day off Monday to move furniture at the Lynn Public Library as part of the Lynn Community Association’s second annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

“I can’t believe this day is here,” said Chief Librarian Theresa Hurley. “I have no words. The kids are absolutely fabulous.”

Hurley has been dreaming of setting up a teen room for nearly a decade. She calls the group the most underserved population in the library.

“They don’t quite fit in the children’s section and they don’t quite fit in the adult section,” she said. “But they’re our future.”

Hurley pointed to one volunteer, Stephen Chapman, 16. She said she has known him since he was a small child coming for story times and she was a branch librarian. It thrills her to know, as a teen, he has a place to go in the library, she said.

The volunteers moved bookshelves, polished furniture and re-arranged tables to create a room amid the second-floor reference section.

“We couldn’t have done this without them,” Hurley said.

Betsy Sanchez, 18, said she had no problem giving up a day off to pitch in at the library, particularly since she will use the room.

“When you come to the library you’re surrounded by other people,” she said. “Now we’ve got our own space at the library.”

Corinn Bacon, 16, admitted that she usually looks up books and information that she needs on her computer from home but, like Bacon, she likes the idea of knowing the library has a room just for them.

Hurley said the work the volunteers from RAW Arts were doing was just the beginning.

“Tomorrow it won’t be like ‘here it is,’ but it will be a start,” she said. “The area will be cordoned off and we have overstuffed bean bags, then we’ll slowly add computers and all the things they need.”

The library was just one project that volunteers tackled as part of the day of service. Community association member Jesse Jaeger said about 120 volunteers worked on nine different projects across the city.

Some of the projects included cleanups at the Ingalls and Brickett elementary schools and the YMCA, Girls Inc. volunteers painted at Lynn’s emergency shelter, Food Corps members served at My Brother’s Table, and community members put together personal care packets for patrons at My Brother’s Table and the shelter.

“Last year, we had three projects and 40 to 50 volunteers so we’ve more than doubled the effort,” Jaeger said.

During the lunch break, volunteers made their way back to Girls Inc. where they were treated to pizza and had the opportunity to watch President Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony, he added.

Jaeger called the day an all-round success and said the group is already thinking of ways to make next year even bigger.

“We’re already brainstorming what we possibly pull off for next year’s project,” he said. “We definitely want to make this an annual event.”

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Looking for a Great Summer Job? DCR Lifeguard Training

Free LifeGuard Training and Certification

The Lynn YMCA partnered with the Department of Conservation and Recreation to offer a Lifeguard Training and Certification free of charge.
Work in places such as Revere Beach, Nahant Beach, BreakHeart Reservation, Chelsea Pool, Everett Pool!
When is it? Prep Classes begin in January 2013.  Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4:30pm-5:30pm
Requirements: Strong swimming skills, interest in Lifeguarding and a commitment to the program.
What age do I have to be? Must turn 16 years old by the end of May 2013.
When is the actual lifeguard class? The class will run the week of April vacation 2013.
How much does it cost? Free! As long as you work for DCR this summer.
 For Information on how to register contact Chris Masiello, Lynn Y Aquatics Director at or 781-581-3105 x 232.  Lynn Y-20 Neptune Blvd. Lynn, MA 01902.  

Cub Scout Information and Sign-up Event

Cub Scout Information and Sign-up Event

You are invited to come learn about thie fun and free program!

More information is in the flyer (in English and Spanish) attached below.


Saturday, December 15th


20 Nepturn Blvd

Lynn YMC Luther Hall


For more information, please contact Chris Masiello at

Lynn YMCA Basketball in the New and Improved Celtics Themed Gym

Basketball Leagues for Boys and Girls ages 4 -15

Dates are:

December 1, 8 and 15

January 5, 12, 19 and 26

February 2, 9, 16 and 23

March 3


December will be practices, placements and scrimmages. The games will start in January. There will be  20 minute team practices before each game. The youth may play out of their age bracket depending on their skill level.  All league participants will get a T-Shirt.


All Games are played on Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm

  • Rookies (ages 4-6): 9:00am-9:45am
  • Champions (ages 7-8): 10:00am-10:45am
  • All-Stars (ages 9-10): 11:00am-11:45am
  • Hall of Fame (ages 11-13): 12:00pm-12:45pm
  • Metro North 7th-9th grade: 1:00pm -1:45pm

Member $65  Community $100

Any questions please contact Amy Croce or 781-581-3105

World AIDS Day 2012

World AIDS Day 2012

Zero AIDS Related Deaths, Zero Discrimination, Zero New Infections

Getting to Zero


Thursday November 29th

Beginning at Lynn City Hall, 5 PM

And Ending at the Lynn Museum, 7 PM


Join us to honor World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil march starting at City Hall and going through downtown Lynn. The march will end at the Lynn Museum with a small but meaningful ceremony and light reception. This event is free and open to the public. Coffee, hot cocoa, and donuts will be provided.

Contact Tosha Duester

781-592-9744 x 214

Cerny Samayoa

781-596-23502 x 763

Buy a T-Shirt & Support Lynn

Want to support Lynn and look cool at the same time?

You can get a "Yeah I'm from Lynn and Proud of it!" T-shirt.

These $10 T-shirts were designed by teens in Lynn. Your purchase benefits the United Way Youth Venture. The proceeds go to mini-grants for youth-initiated service-learning, social capital building and/or clean-up projects in Lynn. The shirts can be purchased at: Girls Inc. of Lynn 50 High Street, Lynn

For more information email

Unleash the Arts

YMCA Arts Week is at the LYNN YMCA
Come celebrate with  a fun day of Community Music, Movement and Dance Day at your local YMCA
Saturday, October 6th.  
Schedule:   2:00-5:00pm rain or shine.
•  2:30pm:  Karate Demonstration
•  2-3pm: Tours and Tables of information 
•  3:00pm:  ITM performances of dance and step followed by a mini-class
•  3:30pm: Music Studio Clubhouse Performances (Singing and Instrumental)
•  3:45pm:  KAYA Break dance
•  4:30-4:45pm:  Community Zumba Class
20 Neptune Blvd
Lynn, MA 01902
For more information click here. 

Healthy Kids Day


Celebrate Healthy Kids® Day, with the LYNN YMCA (20 Neptune Blvd.)

Saturday, April 28, 2012
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Activities are free for all students in the community,
from preschool to high school!
YMCA Healthy Kids® Day is a free, fun-filled day of activities designed to promote healthy kids and families. YMCA Healthy Kids® Day celebrates making fitness fun, and introduces kids to an array of YMCA programs and tools that teach healthy behaviors and healthy ways to play - an essential lesson in learning how to take care of themselves throughout their lifetimes.

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