TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke answers some questions about the library as a creation space for teens:
How do artists use your library?
Every day after school we get anywhere from 30-60 teens using our teen library space. I see the teens making music, art, and videos on their laptops everyday. A lot of them also sit around and doodle, and the almost always give me their finished products. I’ve got quite a compilation of teen artwork created in the library that someday I hope to put together and feature in the library!
This image gallery is a collection of pieces that teens completed in the Portland Public Library as part of the Searching For ME program, where teens designed their own story in their image. The program was a collaboration with The Telling Room and The Maine College of Art. All photos are courtesy of Justin Hoenke.