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.
The Library offers free movie screenings for all ages! From new releases to oldies-but-goodies, documentaries to blockbusters - there's something for everyone.
There is growing interest in cryptocurrencies. However, many people are reluctant to use or adopt them as a payment solution because they don't fully understand the benefits and the inner workings of cryptocurrencies. Come with questions, and learn about the Blockchain and how it works.
Each year Madison Public Library partners with UW-Madison to extend the perennially popular Go Big Read program into the broader community with book discussion groups and programs at our libraries.
Teen Services Librarians
Beth McIntyre is a Teen Services Librarian with a focus on building diverse and dynamic library collections for young people, and connecting teens with meaningful materials for personal development and entertainment. She works with library staff, teachers, and other youth-serving partners with the goal of exposing teens to resources and materials that are just right for them. Tell her what you love, and she’ll tell you what to read.
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.