Wooster library develops new ‘in-between’ space

October 31, 2013 by  

The Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio, is working to develop a comfortable reading area for its “tween” patrons—young people who are too old to be called children but are younger than teens.

It was revealed in recent weeks that the new area will be located in the children’s department, where a corner has been designated for this age group and given its own special seating, décor, and shelving. Other features planned for the area include games and supplies so students can do their homework. Stools have been ordered to fit under a long counter where tweens will be able to use their laptops to study. The best thing about the space may be the fat that work-study students from the College of Wooster will be there to help them.

The college students are extremely enthusiastic about the idea, and the library has had no trouble finding tutors for the 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm slot when the tweens will be doing homework. In addition, the new furniture is far more suited to this age group, and older furniture has been put in storage and will be reused elsewhere in the library as needed.

Other features of the space include a ‘Tween Advisory Board’, non-circulating books, and a grand opening celebration of some type.

Library officials might work with brochure printers to create a mailer to area residents, announcing the new tween space and inviting people to visit the library.