DC Public Library Celebrates New Teen Space

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Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper battled Washington Redskin Middle-Linebacker London Fletcher at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library today.  As part of the Library’s celebration of the first Teen Space in the District, they partnered with DC teens in a Nintendo Wii tournament.

“While teens know that libraries have books,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library, “many are surprised to find video games and CDs.  Now teens can think of the Library as a place to learn and hang out with their friends.”

In addition to offering books, CDs and video games, Teen Space features 24 Apple iMac computers, 20 PC laptops, a 40” flatscreen TV, a quiet study room, and a vending machine.  Future plans include adding a production studio for teens to make music and videos at the King Library.  Teen Spaces will also be included in the six District libraries under construction.

The $416,000 project was designed by Sorg and Associates and built by the Bennett Group.  The DC Public Library Foundation, in partnership with Weschler’s Auctioneers and Appraisers raised money to support Teen Space programming.