By Carol Tannenhauser
A newly expanded, high-tech Teen Center is opening at the Bloomingdale Library, at 150 West 100th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, on Wednesday, March 29, with a pizza party from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
New York Public Library President Anthony Marx, local teens, elected officials, educators, library staff, and community members will be on hand to celebrate. There will be “a secret gift” for all who attend, says the invitation.
The Bloomingdale Library Teen Center is one of 13 that will open across the city this year, through Teens 360º, a city-funded New York Public Library (NYPL) initiative. Designed to offer teens “welcoming and inclusive spaces that meet their educational and social needs, the centers will focus on interest-driven learning that supports digital literacy and technology skills, teen empowerment and civic engagement, the exploration of teen voice and social identity, mental wellness, and mentoring opportunities,” according to the website.
Among the resources and materials available are: video, gaming & photography equipment; a 3-D printer and 3-D pens, desktop and laptop computers, free Wi-Fi, online resources to help with homework, creative projects, and self-care; plus free programs and events.
Wonderful initiative! That’s what we need for our kids!
Of course Mayor McSwagger wants to cut the Library Budget.
Can adults use the 3D printer, or does the NYPL have 3D printers for adults elsewhere?
Glad to hear it! We need to support and encourage our kids in positive and creative endeavors.
A while ago, in connection with the theme of reducing crime, I pointed out that there are programs for young people in libraries, and that Adams is short-sighted in wanting to cut library budgets. Like Kim below, I think that’s a mistake. It’s idiotic to complain about youths who drift into crime AND to cut the facilities that help provide positive social connections to young people.
Hope they do one of these on the W125th Street Library.
Too bad the pizza served wasn’t Louie and Ernie’s Pizza!
Glad the pens are 3-D. I find the 2-D pens difficult to use.
I’m not a teenager, 28. But I would LOVE to play with a 3D printer. Think they’ll let me?
No. No adults and no homeless allowed. That’s the point of having a teen section.