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RE: Teen Space and Gaming Policies  AFURINO
 Apr 06, 2011 15:07 PDT 

I agree. We don't limit the use of the teen area when they are in

I found that gaming with teens works better when fairly unstructured.
Most of them want to participate in free play. It's a great afterschool
activity that gives the kids just hanging around something productive
and social to take part in. Occasionally I will get teens who want to
play a Madden or Smash Bros tournament. Unless they are asking for
tournaments, I usually do not put them on. You never know how many kids
are going to show up after they sign up. But if you do decide to put on
a tourney you can print up brackets from www.printyourbrackets.com. Have

Anthony Furino
Teen Services Librarian
Cuyahoga County Public Library
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch
4645 Mayfield Road / South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4087
p 216.382.4880 / f 216.382.4584

-----Original Message-----
From: MacFarquhar, Carole (NBPLS/SBPNB)
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 9:35 PM
To: taga-@topica.com
Subject: RE: {TAGAD-L} Teen Space and Gaming Policies

We don't limit the use of the zone to teens, but we discourage adults by
using furniture and shelving to direct traffic around rather than into
or through the zone, by having furniture that is low and comfy for teens
but less so for adults, and or course by having books and other
materials that are of interest primarily to teens. That being said, if
an adult wants to use one of the study tables during the day, no one
cares. I sometimes warn adults in the zone if I know teens will be
arriving, just suggesting that it might get a little noisy. Trying to
limit the zone to just teens means you risk appearing to exclude the
tweens who will be frequent visitors, or parents who borrow for their
teens, or adults who enjoy reading YA books (and there are many.)
Most adults are not going to want to be in the zone when the teens are
there. And of course you don't want to open the door to a suggestion
that teens shouldn't be in the rest of the library. So my advice is not
to worry about who uses the zone unless there is a problem.

Have fun with it.

Carole MacFarquhar
Saint John Free Public Library
Saint John, New Brunswick

From: Tamiko Treadwell [ttrea-@library.lacounty.gov]
Sent: April 5, 2011 8:33 PM
To: 'taga-@topica.com'
Subject: Re: {TAGAD-L} Teen Space and Gaming Policies

I see your point, but I think it's a good idea to leave it open for
everyone when school is in session, but when it isn't, it should be
reserved for teens. Patrons may not understand why they cannot sit
there when school is in session.

We have a teen section and the library manager wants it open to
As for gaming, we have a meeting room that we use for the video game


Tamiko Treadwell
Adult/Teen Services Librarian
La Verne Library
3640 D Street
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 596 - 1934

 Deborah Riddell <drid-@quincylibrary.org> 4/5/2011 2:51 PM >>>
My library is currently in the process of renovating our library and we
are finally getting a Teen Zone. We are having conflicting viewpoints
on usage in the teen space. I think it should be for teens only. Other
members of our staff think we should allow others in the space when
school is in session. I could use some feedback from other libraries
about their policies. What works and what doesn't. Also, we are finally
getting gaming going at our library. Could anyone share how they do
gaming, types of programs, policies, what works and what doesn't? I
would really appreciate some feedback.

Deborah Riddell
Young Adult Librarian
Quincy Public Library
526 Jersey
Quincy, IL   62301
217-223-1309, ext. 223
217-222-5672 (fax)

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