South Chicago Branch recently celebrated a "soft opening" of a new teen space. Sarah D., the Teen Services library associate, said the space has up to 15 regulars on a daily basis.
When Sarah first started working at South Chicago Branch, it was evident there was a need for the teens to have a space where they could hang out, talk and play together, as well as collaborate on projects without disturbing other patrons. So she worked with other CPL staff members to plan a space teens could claim as their own.
With materials, equipment and furniture moved, the bright room has been converted into a teen space that holds comfortable tables and chairs, teen books, a gaming system, technology, games, and arts and crafts materials for teens. There's also a wide variety of teen events to check out!
Branch manager Greg Diaz shared that, "because of [Sarah's] efforts, our teen community has come to see the branch as a safe and fun place to be." He's particularly excited to see the space further enhanced with the installation of a mural teens are designing and painting this summer in partnership with the next door community organization, SkyArt.
This program is made possible as part of a 2018 Teen Summer Challenge: Imagine Doing More! mini-grant. #ImagineAtCPL #CPLTeens