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When people ask me why I became a librarian, I offer them a two-part story. First, it’s so I could get married to my wife Haley. Her mom (who is an amazing librarian doing great things) told me that I would make a great librarian. Being that I really wanted […]

Never Going Back Again: by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke 1

Megan Emery as the Joker. A pretty typical library day.

Warren: Hi Justin! I found this weird avant garde art video online that you’re featured in! I didn’t realize you were into that – tell me more! Justin: No, not an art video…I was actually testing out On Air Google+ Hangouts with my co-worker James McNutt. We’re using the On Air Hangouts […]


Making mistakes in our daily work: A TTW Conversation between Warren Cheetham and Justin Hoenke

 Instead of siphoning teens off into different rooms (and locking away noisy activities), the space is airy and completely open. The openness means, among other things, that it only takes one or two librarians to monitor the entire space. Rice says his team renovated the floor on the cheap, using […]

Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter (by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke) 1

Image by Rice+Lipka Architect at http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2013/06/designing-libraries-encourage-teens-loiter/5735/

When I was a teenager, I spent most if not all of my time in video game arcades in shopping malls.  It was the time of fighting games…Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, World Heroes, Primal Rage, and many, many more.  Who knows how much money I spent playing those games and more […]

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Ms. Pac Man at the Chattanooga Public Library (by TTW contributor Justin Hoenke) 3