Teen space gets an upgrade

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One of the library’s two teen hangout spaces, The Edge, is getting a fresh new look.

The Edge will be closed for renovation December 5 for about two weeks while library staff make updates to carpeting, furniture and paint. There will also be new collaborative spaces and charging docks for personal electronics.

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The Edge Teen Room pictured in 2009

“The Edge is visited daily by 40-50 teens and has been well-used,” says Marie Pyko, public services director. The Edge was created as a new public space in the library in 2008. “It is time to not only spruce up the space, but also to allow today’s teens to help choose the colors, activities and furniture. It is their space.”

During the renovation, teens can use the David J’s teen space near the Kids Library for their specific needs, with gaming opportunities, access to young adult literature, graphic novels and comics, and pop-up events specifically geared toward the 12-18 year old age group.

See the renovation plans

Snack Time bear is hungry

Because of the expected higher traffic through David J’s, the library’s after school snack program will be relocated to the Story Zone nearby until The Edge renovations are complete. Like all visitors to the library, teens are welcome throughout the entire library. And like all visitors, teens should be mindful of library’s customer conduct policy.

Most of the renovations, redecoration and new furniture are expected to be in place by Monday December 19, 2016, when we’ll welcome teens to their newly updated space. A few items of furniture will be shipped on a delayed timeline and won’t arrive until February 2017.

The Library Foundation supplied funds for The Edge remodel from donor gifts to youth spaces.

Leah Sewell

Leah is the Communications Editor for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, which basically means she’s an observer, collector and creator of library stories. She’s a veteran publisher and magazine editor who has brought her passion for all things literary and writerly to library communications. Leah has an MFA in writing from the University of Nebraska, is a published poet and author, a graphic designer, and has a very healthy obsession with books, podcasts, art and from-scratch cooking. She lives in Topeka with her two wily kids and a similarly unruly to-read pile.