First Look at Our New Teen Space!

The library’s teen area renovations are well under-way! The teen area, formerly located in a first-floor alcove in the Youth Services department, has now moved to the second floor of the library, adjacent to the Buffalo Mountain Room. The new area is a much larger space for the library’s growing teen programs and will include many exciting features that will likely draw in more teens from our community into the library.

Teen Librarian, Katelyn Wolfe, has worked closely with the library’s Teen Advisory Board to develop the plans for the new teen space. “I am so thankful for the feedback I have received from our wonderful Teen Advisory Board members,” says Katelyn. “They have helped me tremendously with picking out furniture for the space and helping me to determine which aspects of the new space are most important to them.”


The new space will include:

  • A larger range of book shelves so that the collection may grow
  • New flooring to further distinguish the space
  • New furniture for a communal, comfortable seating area
  • New café height tables
  • New standard height tables with power access for studying
  • An LED Teen Sign, similar to the new Returns sign on the first floor
  • A window seat for cozy reading space
  • A gaming area including both video and board games
  • Colorful décor (rugs, artwork, etc.)


Some aspects of the new space have already been completed–the floors are finished and the teen materials have already been moved to their new shelves. But other developments are still in the works. “I think the teens are most excited about the window seat,” says Katelyn. “This was the one aspect of the former area that the Teen Advisory Board insisted that we make available in the new area. They are also simply thrilled that have more space that is designated specifically for their use.” The LED sign will be hung within the next month, which will help to further designate that the space is reserved for teen use only. The window seat and gaming area will be added to the new teen space soon, with an estimated time-frame of 3-4 months at the most. Library staff hope that all aspects of the teen area will be completed before the start of the Summer Reading Program in June.

For more about Teen Services at the Johnson City Public Library, call us at 423-434-4347.

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