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Schaumburg Township District Library’s Teen Place Honored

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Teen Place, which opened in the Central Library of the Schaumburg Township District Library (S.T.D.L.) about a year-and-a-half ago, received an Honorable Mention in the Single Space Design category of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards, as I mentioned in my last article. The Library Leadership and Management Association (L.L.A.M.A.), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), and The International Interior Design Association (I.I.D.A.) announced the winners on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

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Pictures of the award-winning interiors can be seen here on the I.I.D.A. Web site. Dewberry, the architectural firm, stated, “Schaumburg Township Main Library wanted to provide their teen population with a technologically advanced, state-of-the-art area with built-in flexibility. The idea of a teen quad, where teens could relax, study, and socialize, was the result of series of brainstorming sessions with teen focus groups. The 6,370-square-foot interior renovation included quite a few key features, such as a video production room, study area, program and discussion rooms, as well as a vending and social area.”

The Teen Place study area is separated from the activity area by a full height all glass storefront; two service desks provide assistance to each side.

The main area has comfortable lounge furniture for listening to music, power stations to recharge devices, digital white boards, and a separate dedicated sound system.

A vending area is available with numerous Edison and USB power outlets.

In the sound-proofed video production room Apple laptops, ipads [sic], ipods [sic], green screen technology, drum kits, and electronic equipment are available.

The program room can be used as a meeting room, computer lab, craft room, or a secondary study area. A folding glass wall makes the space flexible.

The program room also has four 'digital dens' with 60-inch video monitors and gaming equipment.

The 6,000-square-foot Teen Place, which serves minors between the ages of twelve and nineteen, opened on the second floor of the Central Library with a grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Robert Frankel, who remains a member of the Library Board, was the President of the Library Board when Teen Place opened.

Anita Forte-Scott, who was Vice President & Secretary of the Board when Teen Place opened, is now President. Stephanie Sarnoff has been the Director of the Schaumburg Township District Library since 2009.

“Quite simply, STDL is setting a new national standard for library service to teens,” stated Library Director Sarnoff when Teen Place opened. “This space incorporates state-of-the-art technology and abundant print resources in a comfortable and attractive environment for both academic and recreational activities.”

The S.T.D.L. stated in the October-November 2012 Program Guide, “This exciting event coincides with a final 50th anniversary gala as the library nears the end of its half-century mark. Come to the lobby for a special treat and some fun giveaways, then journey up to the Teen area to explore the new technology and other resources available to students ages 12-19. Library staff will be stationed throughout the Teen area to demonstrate equipment. All visitors to the Teen area get a little thank you gift for checking out the library’s newest addition.”

Teen Place on the second floor is ten times larger than the old Teen Center on the first floor. It has been built without the loss of other public space.

Instead, what had been staff space was repurposed. Some workstations in what is now the Teen Center were relocated to the old Teen Center on the first floor, while others were added to workspaces elsewhere in the building.

Teen Place has a multipurpose program room with a stage, a digital media production studio, gaming stations, and study rooms. Both the fiction and non-fiction collections are larger in Teen Place than they were in the old Teen Center.

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