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It is with great excitement that I am able to share with you our local library! The Schaumburg Township District Library is a exhilarating example of how today's libraries not only serve and inform, but engage residents of all ages! Since moving to the Chicago area a few months ago, and applying for my card, I have attended two computer classes, a job skills/employment search seminar, checked out numerous books and movies, and cruised throughout the building in awe of the incredible layout and interior design. What follows are some pictures I'd like to share from a recent visit.
But the piece de resistance is the new 6,000 square-foot Teen Place on the second floor. Not scheduled to officially open until November 24th, I was given a private and exclusive tour of this extraordinary masterpiece of design and technology which involved input from local teens, ideas from innovative Library staff, and the expertise of Interior Designer, Denelle Wrightson. Please note that the decor is unfinished in my pictures.
The Teen Place is designed for young people ages 12-19. As you can see by my pictures (I am not a professional product photographer) there are many high-tech "group" stations for the teens to use. They fulfill the needs of homework assignments that entail group participation, as well as just hanging out, with or without multiple electronic devices. Actually, just about any type of electronic device is available to use by simply swiping a library card.
In addition to the staples of fiction and non-fiction books, novels, magazines, there are copies of local junior high and high school textbooks, just in case students "forget" to bring theirs home. There is a large unit in the center of the room (much like a "Redbox") where the teens can access DVDs, CDS and video games to be used while in the Place. There is a multi-purpose room where teens can watch movies or play video games (either together on a large screen or smaller individual screens).
The teens have access to iMacs, iPads, several current gaming consoles, two discussion rooms with white-boards and flat-screens, and a "silent" reading room (yes, there are teens who love to read!). Additionally, there is a digital production studio complete with green screen, cameras and state of the art computer technology to work it all! There is also advanced music creation and video production software for teens who want to practice and improve their skills learned in the classroom.
I WANT TO BE 14 AGAIN.... (well, maybe just for a week or so...)
Many thanks to the wonderful people at The Schaumburg Township Library for making me feel like a VIP every time I walk through their doors. Please visit their website to learn about the many programs I couldn't fit in this post, at www.schaumburglibrary.org. A special thank you to Lori Teipel, the Teen Manager, for taking time to show me the exciting things to come for our young adults. Thanks, also, to the library's amazingly knowledgeable technical team who introduced me to the very high-tech production equipment, computer assisted applications and the unending possibilities available to our local youth.
I live in Schaumburg, IL (it's just outside of Chicago). Welcome to my city!
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