The New SFPL Teen Center is an innovative, youth-designed, 21st century teen learning space that will provide 4,770-square feet of space and equipment for middle and high school-age youth to explore, create and develop digital media and computer skills as well as discover and engage with the Library’s traditional books and materials. Outfitted with state-of-the-art digital media, video/sound recording, computer and creative maker equipment, teens will be able to expand their imaginations as well as their technology and literacy skills and engage in individual and team projects that promote critical thinking, inventiveness and skill building. In addition to a physical location at the San Francisco Main Library, other youth-focused digital media programs will take place throughout SFPL’s 27 branch libraries.
Initiated with a planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the MacArthur Foundation, the Center is a collaboration with the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), California Academy of Sciences, and KQED, and will be a hub of the new SF BAY Hive Learning Network, currently in development. It is anticipated to open in late Spring 2015. As with all programs and events at San Francisco Public Library, all activities and services will be free.
The New SFPL Teen Center will serve as a hub of out-of-school learning for youth from the City and the Bay Area. The space will provide connected learning experiences to not only engage youth and promote learning that aligns with youth-led interests, but will also support youth as they develop necessary 21st century skills. For more information, please contact Cathy Cormier, Teen Center Manager, (415) 437-4857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.