Each month we will feature a different ILS YA librarian, who will talk about something interesting happening in the world of Young Adult library services. This month, we hear from Juliene Malecot of Corona Public Library, talking about the recent renovation of her library’s teen space.
When people walk into the main floor of the Corona Public Library, one of the first things that we hear is, “Wow, it sure looks different in here!” and different is definitely right. To best serve the needs of our community, the Library has created Teens On Main, a larger, brighter, more appealing space that shines as a beacon of welcome for our teen patrons. The initial phase of this new teen technology center, located in the large area behind the Adult Information Desk, was funded by a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant, which enabled us to purchase upgraded software and hardware; college, career, and technology books; an expanded e-book collection; and a collaborative computer workspace, called a Media:scape. We were also able to redecorate and move to a new space in the library, giving us room for dynamic new furniture with double the seating, as well as shelving for our excellent collection of books and other materials designed to meet all of our teens’ needs.
As part of the teen technology center, we are thrilled to now be able to offer teens laptop computers to check out and use in-house with the latest version of MS Office 2010, as well as specialized media-editing software. Whether they want to create and edit videos with Pinnacle Studio HD, manipulate images with Photoshop Elements or Photoshop CS5, mix music with Acid Pro Studio, or design a website with Dreamweaver CS5, teens will find all of the tools that they need right here in the Library. Using the Media:scape, our teens can even work in groups, sharing documents, images, and ideas on a large screen monitor. We will also be using this collaborative workspace to offer workshops on software, research and information skills, and technology for teens. Visually, Teens On Main is bright and attractive, featuring cool blues and vibrant greens accented with pops of color. The furniture, much of which is on wheels, can be configured for large or small groups, while still allowing individuals to comfortably work on their own. The new shelving and bold signage make it easy for the teens to locate the fiction, nonfiction, classics, manga, and audiobook collections. All of this combines to give teens a great place to study, read, or just chill out…a space that we believe is vital for our community. The first day that Teens On Main was open, one of our regulars walked in, looked around in wonder, and asked, “Is this all for us?” I was thrilled to be able to say, “Yep! All for you. Enjoy!”