Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library

QuaranTEEN is a tech lab for teens 12-18 years old and is located in the Lynn Public Library in Lynn, MA. The space was designed by the teens of Lynn based on research and feedback from their peers. QuaranTEEN strives to provide a safe place where teens can explore many facets of technology and gain 21st century skills. QuaranTEEN is open several days a week and offers weekly workshops and programs. The lab features a 3D printer, IPads, an Xbox 360, Computers, Adobe Photoshop and Elements, IMovie, Garageband and much more.

Lynn Public Library Room Puts Teens in Control

Quaranteen, the teen tech lab at Lynn Public Library in Lynn, Massachusetts, was featured in The Daily Item, a local news outlet. The article focused on teen leadership, as well as the ability for these teens to pursue their interests while at Quaranteen. Read the rest »

Moving Past Start-Up: Supporting Library Makerspaces Over Time

A group of YOUmedia makerspaces band together to innovate and support library makerspaces facing the opportunities and challenges distinctive to the middle, “post-emergent” years.

The start-up phase of any project is often the most heady—long hours, innovative breakthroughs, visionaries with big ideas. Read the rest »

Understanding the Post-Emergent Phase of a Makerspace

Creating and starting a makerspace is an exciting venture; you build a team and purchase new equipment. There are a lot of resources (people and articles) that describe how emergent makerspaces can get off the ground. Once your makerspace has been open for a few years, you begin to experience challenges that are distinctly different from those start-up challenges, and there are very few, if any, resources that describe what this new, “post-emergent” phase entails. Read the rest »