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Teen Spaces @ your library


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Presentation at the Virginia Library Association Annual Conference 2012 in Williamsburg, VA with Craig Graziano, Central Rappahannock Public Library.

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Teen Spaces @ your library

  1. 1. Teen Spaces @Your Library Presented by: Craig Graziano Central Rappahannock Regional Library Michelle Chrzanowski Newport News Public Library
  2. 2. Teen Spaces: Why Have Them? Helps to maintain a lifelong relationship between a user and their library. Provide teens a safe place where they can interact in a positive manner with one another.
  3. 3. YALSA’s National Teen Space GuidelinesA wonderful point-by-point resource of how to go about creating and maintaining an engaging space for teen library users. Published in May 2012 Available online at and as a downloadable PDF.
  4. 4. YALSA’s National Teen Space Guidelines1. Solicit teen feedback and input in the design and creation of the teen space.2. Provide a library environment that encourages emotional, social and intellectual development of teens.3. Provide a library space for teens that reflects the community in which they live.
  5. 5. YALSA’s National Teen Space Guidelines4. Provide and promote materials that support the educational and leisure needs of teens5. Ensure the teen space has appropriate acceptable use and age policies to make teens feel welcome and safe.6. Provide furniture and technology that is practical yet adaptive.
  6. 6. Virtual Space Guidelines7. Ensure content, access and use is flexible and adaptive.8. Ensure the virtual space reflects 21st century learning standards.9. Provide digital resources for teens that meet their unique and specific needs.
  7. 7. Central Rappahannock Regional Library England Run Branch Part of ALA’s Library Design Showcase 2012: Youth Spaces Photo by Sean Bonney
  8. 8. Small Changes: Teen-made Art on display (could be part of an ongoing program) A different color of paint on the walls, or a couple of posters. Book Spine Poetry: Use the library’s collection to create unique art. Bulletin Board: Teen created content and postings by your TAG/TAC
  9. 9. Dry Erase Board•Allows for self expression•Easy clean-up•PromotionalCost: Varies dependingon board size.Small: $10-$50 From Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh after one of theirLarge: >$100 Bad Movie Friday events
  10. 10. Magnetic Poetry 1990’s fad Abundant, if little used, resource Allows teens to think creatively Better outlet than graffiti Works in conjunction with a Dry Erase BoardCost: Kits 75-400 words $5-$20 Ask around for donations. Magnet Board $10-$20
  11. 11. There are several ways that flowcharts can be implemented.•Readers Advisory•Event Promotion•Technology InstructionThe format is appealing for a fewreasons:•Has a choose your ownadventure feel.•Eye-catching•One can bring a sense ofhumor to the format•Easy to become viral
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  13. 13. Gaming Video Games: Nintendo systems and games are great because they market to families and offer a wider age range. Kinnect is becoming a popular choice especially with Dance Central games Many 4 player games, gives more people a chance to compete Cost: Various, see if anyone is willing to donate old systems.
  14. 14. Gaming Board and Card Games: Low cost investment. Can keep them at the desk. If someone asks to use it, treat it like a reference question. Many teens are just looking for something to do on their down time.Cost: Various, look for donations.
  15. 15. Chalk Wall
  16. 16. Chalk Wall Localand teen artists can display their work. Makes a huge impression on library users. Clean-up requires some effort.Cost: Chalkboard Paint - 29 oz. spray can = $18 on DickBlick.comSidewalk Chalk - Crayola 52 Color >$10
  17. 17. Social Networking: Online Teen Spaces•Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter•Frequent Postings: Teens are very muchin the moment with their online interactions.Once or twice a week is way too infrequent.•Don’t come off as desperate. Confidencewill lead to more interested users.
  18. 18. Teen Behavior Tips Learning the names of your teens and using those names frequently. Engage teens in their interests. Find common ground. Clear sightlines throughout space. No furniture or shelving that obstructs vision. Be friendly, but offer few chances or warnings. Speak to them as you would speak to any adult.
  19. 19. Questions?