Three weeks have passed since the Portland Public Library reopened after a lengthy renovation (which I wrote about here). The addition of a teen area is a completely new idea for the community of Portland, Maine. At first, teens didn’t really understand that this was THEIR space. However, over the last week or so they’ve started to trickle in and discover the space.
So what are they doing? They’re connecting with their friends on Facebook in our computer lab. They’re relaxing and tweeting on their IPads in our teen lounge. They’re using their netbooks anywhere they can find a spot. And don’t worry…they’re reading (on every sort of device be it book, phone, computer, ereader).
My words of advice? Let them explore. Say hello. Let them know you are their friend. Make sure they know that the teen library is THEIR space.
-Post by Justin Hoenke, Tame the Web Contributor