2013 PLA Virtual Spring Symposium
Youth Services Track: Program 1
- 11:15 AM–12:15 PM Eastern
- 10:15–11:15 AM Central
- 9:15–10:15 AM Mountain
- 8:15–9:15 AM Pacific
It is fun to be a teen at the Detroit (Mich.) Public Library. You get to participate in workshops like Bike Tech, Graphic Design, Crafternoon, Robotics, and Music Electronics. You can learn how to solder and sew and practice computer programming and print-making. Participants not only have fun, they also become more creative, more confident and seekers of new information. Learn how the library established its HYPE Teen Center and Makerspace and created a culture of teamwork, imagination, and hands-on experience for its teens.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will:
- Understand how creative programming can benefit their libraries and YA patrons
- Feel confident to try new and original programming ideas
- Know how to get started planning the space and programs to engage teens in an inventive way
Steve Teeri is a customer support assistant at the Detroit (Mich.) Public Library, where he began working in 1998. His duties currently include working on various technology projects and instructing DPL staff and patrons on the use of library technology. He participated in the planning and construction of the DPL HYPE Teen Center in 2007-2008. Steve has been an exhibitor (along with library teens as fellow exhibitors ) at Maker Faire Detroit since 2010. In 2012 he was a founder of the DPL HYPE Makerspace, a place for teens 13-18 to learn, create, and take control of the world around them.