Our Team

We are Young Adult/Teen Librarians employed by public libraries in Massachusetts. Like our library teen rooms, ACTIVATE is a safe, welcoming space for teens of all backgrounds. All panels are moderated and teens’ video turned off during the sessions.

Creative Masterminds

  • Melissa Bennett, Turner Free Library, Randolph 
  • Alex Remy, Forest Park Branch Library, Springfield

Marketing and Social Media Wizard

  • Erica Ruscio, Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield

Jedi Consular

  • Meryl Loonin, Library Initiative for Teens & Tweens

Brought to you by Your Local Public Libraries

  • Brockton Public Library
    • Head Adult Services – Kelly Gates (508-894-1400)
    • Teen Librarian – Jonathan Stroud (508-894-1423)
  • Forest Park Branch Library in Springfield
    • Branch Supervisor – Alex Remy (413-263-6843)
  • Holyoke Public Library
    • Teen Librarian – Veronica White (413-420-8119)
  • Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence
    • Youth Services Librarian – Matthew Ganias (978-620-3604) or (978-620-3600)
  • Peabody Institute Library in Peabody
    • Senior Teen Librarian – Joanna Corea (978-531-0100)
  • Turner Free Library in Randolph
    • Teen Librarian – Melissa Bennett (781-961-0932)
  • Waltham Public Library
    • Teen Services Department Head – Luke Kirkland (781-314-3425) or (781-314-3426)
  • Worcester Public Library
    • Teen Services Librarian – Erin O’Neall (508-799-1667)
  • Ventress Memorial Library in Marshfield
    • Young Adult Librarian – Erica Ruscio (781-834-5535)

Sponsor and Behind-the-Scenes Support

LITT, the Library Initiative for Teens and Tweens, an independent project to support library programs and spaces for teens and tweens in underserved and diverse Massachusetts communities.

Web Design Support

  • Jonathan Santoro
  • Jonah Fisher


  • Portuguese – Casa da Saudade Library, a Branch of New Bedford Free Library
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