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.