In the Fall 2012 issue of YALS, youth services librarian Katherine Trouern-Trend takes a look at the new National Teen Space Guidelines from the Young Adult Library Services Association. These guidelines were created in 2011-2012 by a task force and adopted by YALSA’s board of directors in May. Several libraries were included as model spaces. We asked some of them to share photos and information about their spaces and will be featuring them in the coming weeks.
Rebecca Wisniewski from the Waupaca Area Public Library shared some of the highlights of the library’s teen space, The Best Cellar.
“The Best Cellar at the Waupaca Area Public Library opened to the teens of the Waupaca area in April 2006, following four years of extensive planning, fund-raising and grant writing. The new design was a much-welcomed improvement over the converted storage room that had been serving as the teen space.
The Best Cellar is well-utilized by teen patrons who frequent the library. They come to select materials for checkout, log on to the internet computers, play on the Wii and PlayStation 2, grab a snack, participate in programs, or just hang out with their friends. The use of the internet computers and the Wii are by far the most popular activities that the teens engage in on a daily basis. They also like being able to purchase and enjoy affordable snacks while spending time in the Best Cellar. The snacks are supplied by the Student Library Advisory Group (SLAG) and the proceeds go toward maintaining and improving the teen space as well as supporting teen programming.”