Many library users are between the ages of 9 and 18, so we've completed some “do-it-yourself” work this winter that improves areas for teens and tweens in the Main Library.
What were the changes?
In December 2012, we created a new first-floor space for tweens, kids ages 9 to 13 who are cusp of adolescence. In January 2013, we reconfigured the second-floor teen area. By moving shelves, materials and computers, adding more seating and applying fresh coats of paint, we also created a more defined and refreshed space for our 13- to 18-year-old customers.
Why make the changes?
We’re always working to serve our community in better ways. Overall, our goal here was better spaces for younger customers to interact in, feel proud of, and inspire a love of learning, reading and being at the library. With these low-cost changes, tweens and teens gain more seating in more defined areas, and a Teen Services librarian will staff a dedicated service desk during hours of peak use. Middle school students get more first-floor space, games, resources and choice on where to be: stay downstairs or head upstairs to the second-floor teen area. First-floor changes help direct little ones to the open, light-filled areas near the windows - perfect for our customers who need a little more room to roam and spread out.
Over the next few months, we'll watch and listen closely to learn more about how these new spaces are best used to assess if additional tweaks should come.