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Austin Public Library Proves “Books” and “Cool” Go Hand-in-Hand for Teens

published on December 6, 2011

Constructive teen programming is a hot topic, as teenagers have a reputation as old as humanity for straying into troublesome pastimes. The Austin Public Library has actively worked to shift this mis-pinned association, though, and offers a variety of teen-centric programming that contributes to Austin’s own age-old reputation of being a very cool place to live, with hip neighborhoods spanning from Southwest Austin to Tarrytown. Teen Services at the libraries are dedicated to youth ages 12-17, connecting books with readers in ways that interest them. The libraries provide innovative programming that sparks creativity, encourages connection, and empowers young adults to define themselves in communities of common interest.

The Connected Youth Project

Teens can check out materials such as books, DVDs, and laptops for two hours per day. Youth ages 10 through 16 may use the computers for schoolwork, personal interests, email and chatting, research, and leisure. Each teen center is staffed with a Teen Services Librarian who is there to assist users with their technological and informational needs. Teens are encouraged to read and discover library resources, get to know library staff, and find a place for themselves within the library. Programs, classes, and events encourage creativity, leadership, experimentation, confidence, teamwork, and pride.

Upcoming Teen Events

The Austin Public Library hosts events for teenagers at each of the branches around the city, with the most teen programming held at the Faulk Central Library, the Yarborough Branch, the Ruiz Branch, and the Terrazas Branch. Programming for teens and older youth includes: Craft Clubs, Drawing Clubs, Book Clubs, Science Clubs, Lego Labs, Art Programs, and Comic Book Clubs. Visit the Austin Public Library Connected Youth website to find out when and where programs are taking place around the city.

Programs for youth and teenagers enrich not only the lives of the kids involved, but the health of the community. The Austin Public Libraries contribute to a greater Austin that nurtures the intellectual and creative health of both kids and adults. If you’re looking to make the move to Austin, find an Austin realtor as knowledgeable about Austin homes for sale as librarians are about the books that populate their shelves.

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