Many libraries throughout the United States are creating new teen spaces from scratch or re-inventing their old teen spaces to be a lively and vibrant learning environment for Teens. Teen Central of the Boston Public Library, Central Library was opened in February 2015. The Teen Leadership Council, formerly the Teen Advisory Group, assisted with the design of Teen Central along with staff, the design firm and architects to create a space that teens would love and help bridge the digital divide. The philosophy of Teen Central follows the theme of “HOMAGO – Hang out, Mess Around and Geek Out”. Teens enjoy using the Media Lounge for gaming and watching videos; a seating area where teens can “hang out”, work on their homework and meet new friends; and a state of the art Digital Lab where they can enhance their skills while learning about new softwares that can help them during high school, college and their future careers. Programs in Teen Central are driven by teen input such as 3D design, learning how to code, college preparedness and author visits. Teen Central has seen a 45% jump in visits to the space since February 2015.
Teen Central recently was highlighted in an article by School Library Journal on November 30, 2015, along with other libraries throughout the United States, which have recently opened new teen-driven spaces. To check out the article from School Library Journal, “New Spaces from Coast to Coast“ by Ryann Uden, go to http://bit.ly/1QPZgcF.