The cutting-edge Teen Place at Schaumburg Township District Library, IL, was converted from underused storage to provide a café area, gaming stations, and “very, very, very cool furniture.” CREDITS: Dewberry, architect; Mariusz Mizera, photo. Source: Library Journal, http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/11/buildings/year-in-architecture-2013-fabulous-functional/
Members of the Florissant Valley Teen Advisory Group helped to choose the furniture and color palette for the teens-only space at the Florissant library in St. Louis County. Teen Alley also offers gaming equipment, three computers and a wealth of comfy seating, including bean bag chairs and sectional furniture that can be rearranged. Photo: Dave Moore
Youth Spaces: The new Fountaindale Public Library created distinct spaces for children and teens. The Vortex, the teen zone, has an anime-influenced wall wrap and hand-carved entry sign in an artist’s interpretation of Japanese lettering. The section boasts a performance area, digital media consoles, plenty of computers, formal and informal study spaces, the young adult book collection, and large communal tables that serve as social catalysts.