What makes a library more than a supermarket for teens? Is it:
- Hours that go beyond the traditional 9 to 5 or 9 to 9 model? Do successful hangout places for teens open early and stay open late?
- Staff across library departments that is welcoming, interested, and willing to build relationships?
- Flexible furniture that is easy to move around and that promotes sitting and talking with friends and peers?
- Space that actually has space for moving around, standing and talking, and even sitting on the floor?
- More than a collection of books and what’s in the collection (books, media, technology, etc.) is of interest to teens 2009/2010 and not just favorites of current or past librarians, staff, parents, etc.?
- A place where teens know their ideas are welcome, supported, and even acted upon?
Some of that sounds pretty similar to the service models we've been talking about, doesn't it?