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.
Here is a roundup of virtual library programs for kids and families happening this week, plus some extra fun stuff we found! Subscribe to our Library Kids newsletter to stay up-to-date on virtual programs, e-book recommendations, and more!
Library to host first online events
Now you can sign up for a virtual library card without visiting our libraries.
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.
Robin Amado is a Teen Services Librarian serving the Northside at Lakeview Library. A former high school librarian in the city, she works to create partnerships between the public library and local schools. In the library, you can find her coordinating teen events around literacy, video and tabletop gaming, and technology. Robin is interested in how we can create community conversations, educate ourselves, and invoke change by reading books with a social justice focus.
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.