Click anywhere & add an idea Teens represent the future of the library in many ways. Not only are they the community members that will support the library in the future, they also give us an interesting glimpse into what the library of the future may look like. On Thursday April 15th 2010 at 12:00pm EST, the Portland Public Teen Library opened its doors to the public. For the first time in the history of the city, the teens of Portland had a library to call their own. The YAP “Young Adults Talk BooksWith Teens” Program began in 2010 as a collaboration between the Portland Public Library and Kirsten Cappy of Curious City.
Game On: Create Your Own Video Game is a collaboration between the Portland Public Library and The Telling Room. Teen After Hours is an ongoing collaboration between the Portland Public Library and Portland Police Department. Teen After Hours gives teens the chance to take over the library once the doors are closed and create their own experiences.
Teens today are using the library for everything and anything. Come into the Teen Library after school between Monday and Friday and you’ll see the study rooms filled to the brim with teens. Not only did the physical appearance of the library change in 2010, but the materials collected and the programming offered to teen patrons changed as well.
The change didn’t stop there either. In July, the library began circulating video games to patrons with a valid library card. In June, the library began offering weekly game nights for teens. Whether it be board games or video games, the teens came to the library in full force to enjoy an afternoon of gaming with their friends.
What brought them together was the social aspect of gaming. Playing games became a community activity at the library this year.
Teens now have a place inside the library, their own place to call home. 2010 Year In Review
Portland Public Teen Library Our teen gaming program was featured on the front page of the Portland Press Herald on August 12th 2010 YAP! Teen Author Series was created to bring authors of teen books to Portland. Partnering with community organizations allowed us to provide even more dynamic programming for teens. 7,053 teens signed onto our computers between April 1st and December 15th.
Taken on an average, this would mean 38 one hour sessions occur every day we are open.
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