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Teens have spot of their own with opening of new library space

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 11:13 am

The Den, a new area in the Airdrie Public Library specifically for teens, is a place for 13 to 19 year olds to access the library while at the same time allowing them to chat amongst themselves without disturbing other users. The Den is located in the back of the library where the computer room originally was.
The Den, a new area in the Airdrie Public Library specifically for teens, is a place for 13 to 19 year olds to access the library while at the same time allowing them to chat amongst themselves without disturbing other users. The Den is located in the back of the library where the computer room originally was.
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Airdrie teens now have a place to call their own as the Airdrie Public Library (APL) opened its new teens only zone, The Den, on June 20.

“Due to the social nature and characteristics of (teens) they require a place specifically for their needs,” said APL Operations Manager Kelly Kirkpatrick-Lauzon.

“We wanted to create a space where they could talk amongst themselves.”

She said The Den, located in the back of the library where the computer room previously was, will provide a space where teens ages 13 to 19 can study, collaborate and talk with each other without disturbing the library’s other users.

The new area has shelving filled with some of the library’s young adult collection, a study table in the centre and computers.

“They can study, use the computers, (and) there’s comfy chairs where they can sit and use their laptops,” Kirkpatrick-Lauzon said.

She added the library is expecting the area to grow and is planning on incorporating a gaming computer in the teen zone in the future.

“I hope (The Den) will make our youth feel more comfortable in the library and will provide them with a space of their own,” she said.

She said the funding for the project came from the Airdrie Lions Club, the Airdrie Lioness Club, and The Advocates, Airdrie Public Library Friends of the Library Group.

Kirkpatrick-Lauzon did not know how much the creation of The Den cost.

The Den opened its doors to teens on June 21 and Kirkpatrick-Lauzon said the room had been well received with many teens visiting.

She said the teen room was established as part of the library’s strategic plan.

“A community gathering space is one of our strategic priorities,” Kirkpatrick-Lauzon said. “We as a library want to reach out to and provide a space to meet (teens’) needs.”

Use of The Den is by drop-in only and does not require a reservation.

“We’re just really excited to be able to offer it to the community and specifically to a group of the community which is generally overlooked,” she said.

For more information on The Den, contact APL at 403-948-0600.

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