Nashville, TN: Studio NPL

Nashville Public Library has opened a series of Learning Labs branded Studio NPL, supporting a city-wide focus on moving youth beyond initial engagement with media, information, and technologies to activities of production, learning, and expertise-building. The flagship site, at the Main Nashville Library, was designed with the help of teen constituents and volunteers, teen T.O.T.A.L. (Totally Outstanding Teen Advocates for the Library) staff, and professionals from Nashville’s vibrant creative community. Studio NPL offers music, digital, and STEM programming throughout all NPL branches with a mix of permanent Studio sites and mobile labs, and partners with youth-serving organizations around the county to bring production centered programming to a variety of community sites and patrons.

Reinventing libraries for ‘hanging out, messing around and geeking out’

YOUmedia Chicago and the Nashville Public Library Learning Lab were featured on CNN. The article focused on reinventing libraries and the Learning Labs’ encouragement of teens to hang out, mess around, and geek out. View full article…

“On the third floor of the Nashville Public Library downtown branch, past the hushed rows of monochrome bookshelves and solid wood furniture, a door leads to a place where adult patrons are not welcome. Read the rest »

Hang Out, Mess Around, Geek Out—Studio NPL Puts Pro-Grade Media In The Hands Of Youth

An initiative to fill community spaces with programs using innovative equipment, software, and professionals is teaching youth how to learn by immersing them in digital arts.

Libraries have changed since my childhood in the 1980s. It’s unlikely I’ll ever again hear the soft hiss of a microfiche viewer speeding through decades of newsprint. Read the rest »

Implementing Connected Learning and Twenty-First-Century Skill Development in Programming

Professional development training at Studio NPL at the Nashville Public Library focuses on the planning and designing of programs that are centered around connected learning, and the YALSA Future of Library Services for and with Teens report.

“If staff are excited about the evolution of teen services in libraries, then there are more opportunities to think differently about what programming can look like in twenty-first-century libraries.  Read the rest »