Over the summer, we’ll be making some exciting changes to The Corner, our Young Adult space on the main floor. The upgrades will create a fun, new home for our YA services – including programming and some of our YA materials. These changes will align the space with best practices to support and mentor teens who visit the Library to study, hang out, try something new, and have fun. The work is already underway, with new, colorful and comfortable modular seating and a new service desk already in place in The Corner.
The Library’s YA services offer opportunities for high school students to work towards their college and career goals, develop their leadership skills, enjoy enrichment activities, and find books for enjoyment or schoolwork. Several partnerships support service delivery to young adults, including TRiO, ISAC and Waukegan Public Schools. Current and upcoming programs include a month-long coding camp in July, college readiness programs and SAT prep class in the fall, and the Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC), which meets semimonthly during the school year. The YALC is a cornerstone of the Library’s YA services as its student leaders were key to developing programs during the year, like our first-ever Pajama Prom! The YALC also provided significant feedback in the planning for the changes to The Corner.
All services, including the Friends of the Library’s book sale, will remain available while we transform the YA space. The Corner’s new look will be ready in August, just in time for the new school year!