New Princeton (NJ) Library A Welcoming Home For Teens

When the new Princeton Public Library opened last April, it included a much improved space for young adult patrons--they were previously squeezed in with younger children. The teens, whose high school is nearby, are enjoying it fully.

Kids are doing homework, studying together, playing scrabble, or leafing through fashion magazines...as many as 30 or more teens spend a part of their afternoon at the library each day. Many have taken leadership roles at the library by joining the Teen Advisory Board and working on special programs for their peers, such as music and poetry readings on Friday nights and a film series showcasing movies created by Princeton teens, said Susan Conlon, teen services librarian.

The library staff has put in place a specific procedure to deal with misbehavior. If someone repeatedly misbehaves or a more serious incident occurs, he or she is asked to leave the library and may not return without a parent or a guardian; here's the story from zwire.

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