Teen Spaces in Kildare Library Services:
Kildare Library and Arts Services are in the process of developing a programme of cultural and arts events for teenagers in libraries throughout Kildare.
However, work has already begun on creating appropriate and dedicated 'Teen Zone' in many of our libraries countywide.
The First Teen Zone:
The need for such provision was firstly identified in preparation of building the new Leixlip Community Library in 2005. Respondents to a survey at that time identified the strong need of appropriate space for young people aged 13 - 18 years (making up almost a third of the population in Leixlip) to 'hang out', study, access IT services and engage with cultural and arts programming. The design of Leixlip Community Library reflected this feedback and is now widely accessed and utilised by the youth of Leixlip.
A hugely successful recording studio called the Platform4 Recording Project @ Leixlip was installed and launched in 2009 and is operated by Kildare County Council Arts Service with programmes available for teenagers and young people throughout the county. For more information please click http://www.kildare.ie/ArtsService/YouthArts/Platform4-RecordingProjectLeixlipLibrary/.
Recent Teen Zones:
Building on such positive experiences, Kildare Library and Arts Services have continued to install a dedicated 'Teen Zone' in each new library as space and the capital programme have allowed. To see some examples please visit the picture galleries below.
Monasterevin Library Teen Zone
Kildare Library Teen Zone
Recent Teen Zone Makeovers:
Work has also begun on retrospectively reorganising exisiting older library buildings to incorporate a dedicated teen space. Completed examples include the libraries listed below, with Naas Library Teen Zone due for completion in 2011.
Maynooth Library Teen Zone
Celbridge Library Teen Zone
For more information on consultation and feedback that has helped inform these physical changes to our buildings please visit Not only Adults Drink Tea. Kildare Library and Arts Services are currently putting together a Youth Space Policy document. To further comment on services or suggest improvements in facilities for teenagers and young people please fill in our online comment card at .