MakerSpace: The Teen reviews The Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH)
This summer my teenage daughter got to spend some time with me at my library in the Teen MakerSpace. (I work in a different state then we live, yes it’s weird.) As a mom, I was very excited that my daughter got to spend time with me at work. As a teen services librarian, I was very excited by her very positive response to the space.
I asked her to write a little post about her thoughts on The Teen MakerSpace at The Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County (OH), which she did.
I also want to share with you the recent feedback we got from an area counselor. The city of Mount Vernon has a monthly First Fridays event, which we have been doing outreach activities for the Teen MakerSpace at. An area counselor came up and told us that she had been referring her teens to the space and that they always return to her saying that they love the space and that our staff makes them feel important.
I’m not going to lie, seeing my daughter love this space that I created – that my library created – was a career high for me. There were several days that I was off and she asked me to drop her off at the Teen MakerSpace, which is how I knew she genuinely loved the space. She made a lot of creative things and she made new friends. It was, in a word, epic.
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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