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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.

Quick Resources

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Teen's Choice Awards

Vote for and discuss your favorite books.
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Teen Bubbler

Check out teen creations, find resources, and learn about Bubbler pop-up workshops and programs.
MADreads for Teens

Great Reads

Not sure what to read? Check out these recommendations.
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Local Music

Listen to and download music from Madison artists.

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 Features

Vote at the Library

Early voting for the November 6, 2018 Election is underway. City of Madison voters may vote absentee at Madison Public Library locations beginning Monday, October 15.

October 16, 2018

2018 How-To Fest

How-To Fest welcomes the general public to explore unique activities, master new skills, and broaden their understanding of a variety of topics. While some workshops are geared to a certain age group, everyone will find something to enjoy.

October 15, 2018

Teen Services Librarians

Headshot photo of Beth McIntyre.

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.

Headshot photo of Jesse Vieau.

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.

Headshot photo of Glenna Matteson

Glenna Matteson is a Teen Services Librarian serving the Westside, primarily serving the day-to-day needs of the Meadowood neighborhood. You can generally find her planning library field trips, supervising Fortnite tournaments, or being convinced to make slime. Again. Glenna’s professional passions include connecting youth to reflective literature and providing opportunities for youth to realize that they are all writers.