Have you thought about what your “perfect” library would contain? What it would look like or feel like? Below are several teens’ re-imagined library spaces. And there’s still time for you to send us your vision of a perfect library! (You will earn Teen Raffle entries! Find out more here.)
Reagan, 9th Grade
When I think of a perfect library my imagination starts getting restless and encourages me to say something like a book-treehouse built in the center of the library, on a massive, real tree spanning the lobby. But maybe a little more of a subdued reply would be a little station where you could learn how books are bound, printed and published, or even a station where you could publish your books yourself? I have always wondered and wanted to know about the process that brought so many wonderful books into our hands, and have dreamt of publishing my own one day! I love how much libraries nurture a desire for learning and curiosity, and I feel like that addition would do nicely to further that quality.
Naomi, 6th Grade
In my perfect library I would find a Raspberry Pi to use. On the Raspberry Pi people would use their library cards to get into an account with their projects. To go along with the Raspberry Pi there would be a Breadboard, LEDs, Resistors, and other electronic components. The Raspberry Pi would have a circuit breaker so that nobody shorted the circuit. By the mini computer there could be bookshelves of Raspberry Pi how-to books so inexperienced programmers could learn how to use the electronics. Jump drives would be on the table that the Pi was on and could be checked out to take home games and play them on home computers. All these things would go in my perfect library.
Madeline, 6th Grade
In my perfect library, I would find different shelves with different types of books on them. Like a shelf for famous authors like J.K. Rowling. And there would be a corner for quiet reading, and a art show once a month. There would be a box for book donations, and a bunch of bean-bag chairs for sitting on and reading. In Christmas time, there would be a ball, and everyone could dance together, and there would be a table of snacks and drinks. And there would be games and prizes for the winners. And at the end of the ball the library would collect money to donate.
Ben, 6th Grade
In my perfect library, I would have a movie theater that would play a different movie everyday. There would be a snack bar for snacks for the movie and reclining seats to recline and watch the movie. There would also be a relaxing section for people who don’t want to watch the movie and just want to relax and read. There would also be some artwork and lots of books at this library. In conclusion, I think a movie theater would be a great add-on to a library to give people a little relaxation.
Gabriella, 6th Grade
I would find happiness in the library because I know people love to read books. When people can check out books and read them, I feel happy. Think about if you were a book. You would want people to read you, right? Reading books is also great for your brain, and you might learn some new words or phrases. There are also bookmarks at a library. Bookmarks are very helpful and keep your place in a book. You could even make your own bookmark! The library is a great place to borrow books. If you have not been to the library, go there and read some books!