Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Teen Room Coming Soon!

Teens have always been welcome in the library, with teen programs happening monthly and the hottest books, manga, and magazines, new and classic, on our Y.A. shelves.  Now we’re going one step further, with the creation of a dedicated Teen Room, which will provide a safe and comfortable space for teens to hang out, socialize, and play games from chess to Minecraft!

Reorganizing staff work space to make more room for teens!

The Teen Room plan grew out of the library’s efforts to identify new ways to best serve the community.  Recognizing that people of all ages and cultures have needs and interests that both diverge and overlap, we increased seating among the newspapers and magazines, expanded the large print collection, shifted the chapter books and children’s nonfiction for easier access for young readers, and rearranged the children’s room to be more comfortable and welcoming for families.  The new Teen Room is the icing on the cake, repurposing office space located near the front desk on our main floor to create a room which will be all teen, all the time.

Kids aged 12-18 will be welcome to hang out in the Teen Room, while library patrons who are younger or older will be allowed only short-term entry to browse the shelves. Many younger and older folks may be jealous-- the Teen Room will be the only library area with a gaming system, but sorry, folks-- it’s teen only, and teens will have to have a library card in good standing to be allowed to check out the games for in-library use.

Construction has now begun!  We ask that patrons hold off until March to donate items to the library-- we simply don’t have the space while we’re reorganizing.  We’ll keep you posted about the process, and ask for your patience with the temporary noises and disruptions of construction.

If you know a teen who might be interested in our new room, be sure to let them know. There is not a projected completion date quite yet, but the library staff are looking forward to it with great excitement, and we hope you are too!

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