Philadelphia, PA: Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation


The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation will work with a variety of local organizations to develop a comprehensive plan for a digital media Learning Lab in the new Parkway Central Library. The lab design will be based on current research, teen focus groups, input from local partners, expert consultants, and staff experience. The collaborative planning process will emphasize the library’s role as a community resource and support the library’s many partnerships with local organizations that provide programming and services to teens. In Philadelphia, 33% of youth under the age of 18 live below the poverty level and 48% of city residents do not have access to the internet at home. The Learning Lab will directly address youth needs for free, convenient access to new technologies, supportive mentors, and engaging, interest-driven programming.

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