Creating Inviting Low-Cost Teen Spaces: Free Webinar

Title: Creating Inviting Low Cost Teen Spaces
Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Time: 2 - 3 pm CST
Format: webinar
Cost: FREE

There is no charge for this webinar. Pre-registration is not required. To participate, just go to the Creating Inviting Low Cost Teen Spaces page. (Login details will be available at that page 30 minutes before the start of the webinar.) If you're unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.

Graffiti, anime, slam poetry, Wii? Is your service to teens outdated or non-existent? Want to create a space that captures the attention of teens? No space and no money?
Creating special spaces in libraries to encourage teens to meet in a safe and stimulating environment is an exciting and challenging project. But have you asked yourself:
  • Do I have space for this in my library?
  • Where would I put it?
  • How much will it cost?
  • How do I feel about gaming?
  • What's wrong with sitting in a chair at a table?
  • What can I do to control noise?
  • What would a teen space look like? How can I get them to participate in planning their space?
In this webinar, participants will:
  • Evaluate current service for teens
  • Share ideas about programs for teens
  • Take a virtual tour of new teen spaces
  • Learn how to create an ambiance that appeals to teens
  • Review seating, signage, acoustics, finish materials and
  • Share tips that promote teen involvement
  • Discover the practicalities and pitfalls of creating spaces for teens
Speaker:  Linda Demmers.  As a library consultant, Linda Demmers has extensive experience in library facility planning with professional background as a librarian, planning consultant, and owners' representative on a wide variety of new construction and renovation projects. She specializes in planning process, program documentation, broad-based community and user involvement, and long-term owner client relationships.

photo credit: Homer Township Public Library "how many librarians does it take to hang a sign?"