About The Labs
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s Labs program gives youth access to equipment, software, and mentors in the Library. In The Labs programs, the focus is on helping youth discover and explore interests through the act of creating. Staff provide teens with the level of assistance they need in order to make something new.
How does The Labs work?
- Workshops occur at five weekly locations. They are mentor-led, draw on the interests of teens, and provide the necessary training to create something new. Workshops are informal, fun, and drop-in friendly.
- Open Lab is an opportunity to access the equipment and software with help from a mentor if you need it. Open Lab turns the library into a creative studio for youth.
- Labs on Location is a workshop at a library other than one of The Labs weekly sites. Mentors work with Teen Librarians from that library to provide a workshop that draws on the interests of teens in that neighborhood. The idea is to build the capacity of branch teen specialists to provide this type of programming and to engage them in the ideas and research behind YOUmedia Learning Labs programming.
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