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Making the Queens Library a cool spot for curious teens

“Who knew libraries could be so cool? The new Teen Space at the Central Library in Jamaica is dotted with flat-screens, bold photo murals, a gaming room and, of course, tons of those old-fashioned hand-held curios called books. “We’re about learning but we’re about having fun and learning too,” Queens Library CEO Tom Galante said last week as he officially opened the new 6,100 square-foot center.” (via NY Daily News)

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Innovations in teen services at the Oakland Public Library

“The sound of youthful laughter carries down the hallway as I approach my destination, passing an 8-foot-tall graffiti mural. From the colorful couches, collage posters, and the lively mood, my first guess for the setting of this room would probably not be the Oakland Public Library. Some may imagine the public library as a stuffy, silent echo-chamber staffed by a bunch of out-of-touch old cat ladies.” (via Oakland Local)

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Morton Grove Library lawyer scolds trustees teen employee’s removal

“Trustees at the Morton Grove Library did not stand behind their decision to remove a 16-year-old employee who was scheduled to show several R-rated movies in recent weeks. Instead, the one trustee not involved in the situation and the library’s attorney voiced concerns about potential ethics violations and potential violations to the open meetings act. “It was not ethical for a trustee to step in and do something of that nature at that moment,” said Trustee Arthur Goldstein. “The trustees work with the board and its director, not with patrons and employees.” (via Morton Grove Champion)

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Library one for the books: North Harlem center caters to teens

NY Daily News – “A performance space, a computer bar, a Blu-ray DVD player, a satellite TV. This is not your childhood library. But it is what lucky uptown kids will now have at the Hamilton Grange branch in Harlem, along with lots of books. The 4,400-square-foot, high-tech teen center opened this week, the first of its kind in northern Manhattan and the fifth teen center to be opened in the New York Public Library’s three boroughs.”

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At Tacoma Public Library, a new digital lab offers space where teens can create, learn

The News Tribune – “Just beyond the main checkout counter, in a soundproof room covered in gray egg carton foam, the future of the Tacoma Public Library is spilling out in graphics, text, video and sound.”

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