The Madison Public Library is dedicated to serving all teens in Madison with access to diverse collections, community spaces, and technology. Our programmatic efforts for teenagers are focused on building relationships with teens and teen-serving professionals, that work toward bridging the opportunity gap in Dane County through targeted, skill-based programs designed for traditionally underserved teens.
Media Lab @ Central
The Media Lab at Central Library is a free space to learn and use the following:
- Stop motion animation with iPad stations
- 3D game design with Maya & Unreal
- Film editing with Premiere Pro
- Green screen video with iMovie
- Audio design with Pro Tools
- Graphic design with Photoshop
See the open hours and a full listing of hardware and software on the Media Lab webpage.
Teen Book Finder
The Teen Book Finder from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access the past three years' of YALSA's awards and lists.
It is currently only available for iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad.
Visit YALSA's site to try it out.
Teen Services Librarians
Jesse Vieau is a Teen Services Librarian focused on connecting teenagers and teen-serving professionals to a wide range of people, resources and meaningful experiences in the community. As the project manager for the Bubbler’s Making Justice and Media Academy initiatives, his larger goal is to work with library staff, teachers, artists and other community stakeholders to continue building platforms for teenagers to engage in hands-on learning and to share their voices, especially those who are at-risk or court-involved.
Kelly Grandon is a Teen Services Librarian serving the Southwest side of Madison at Meadowridge Public Library. She’s incredibly proud to serve Meadowood Neighborhood’s kids and teens, and works diligently to help connect young ones with resources and find creative solutions to meet needs. In the library, you’ll find her running to answer the latest call of, “MISS KELLY!,” setting up a hands-on, creative program, or sharing a story with her favorite kids in the world.
Mr. Will Glenn Sr. is a Teen Services Librarian at Goodman South Library. He hails from the inner city of Milwaukee, WI “53206” zip code and has lived in Madison since 2008-09. “Mr. Will” uses an intentional approach toward incorporating youth voice into the spaces they populate throughout south Madison. As a student at UW-Whitewater and a distinguished member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., he has always been involved with the uplifting his community, youth development and serving the community. He understands this is a different path than some may have thought for him, but he has learned we have to experience different things to gain different outcomes.
Madison Public Libraries closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, 2021.
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