San Francisco: At new teen library space, nobody’s hissing ‘shh’

from the San Francisco Chronicle

“The Mix — a new space near the west entrance of the Main Library on Larkin Street — is a teen-exclusive center where youth ages 13 to 18 can draw on a smart screen, record music, create YouTube videos, check out iPads, make objects on a 3D printer and, yes, even read. It’s the library’s antidote to the down-tick in the number of youths using the old teen center and checking out books. Before the Mix was built, the teen center was a lackluster area distinguished from the rest of the library by only a colorful mural and a smattering of tables. But a three-year makeover, directed by a teen advisory board, transformed a forgotten corner of the library lobby into what library managers hope will be an oasis.”