Teen Loft

Teen Services at PPL offers teens a place to learn, and explore; to meet, create, think, and discover the possibilities.
Library resources are available to all teens and teen programming is offered regularly and through our Teen Squads.

Hours - Starting June 28, 2021

Monday: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

The Teen Services staff reserves the right to temporarily close the Teen Loft. In these instances, a sign will be posted on the door and notice will be given on the Teen Instagram page. Library patrons can always receive assistance and request teen materials at the Information Services desk on Level 2.

Contact

Phone (401) 455-8119

Kate Aubin
Teen Educator

 

Mireille Sturmann
Teen Librarian

 

Hands
Groups

Book the Teen Conference Room

PVD Young Makers
Resources

Resources for Educators

Markeem-smcrp
PPL Teen Alum

Tell Us Your Story!

Available at the Teen Loft

The Teen Loft offers:

  • Loanable tech kits
  • Teen Book Collection
  • Teen Services Staff
  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • Drawing tablets
  • Computer printer
  • Art supplies
  • Headphones

Our Guiding Principles

PPL’s Teen Services Department aims to:

  • Support teen growth and development
  • Build relationships and community through communication and understanding
  • Create quality learning experiences and environments where teens can explore personal and academic interests
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for teens to take on leadership roles within the library and the community
  • Practice cultural humility and embrace diversity
  • Ensure equitable access to library materials and resources
  • Promote and advocate for teens in the library and the community

Welcome to the Teen Loft in the Providence Public Library! We are so glad you’re here. If you need anything, please ask, and remember that you are always welcome here.

In order to create a safe and fun environment for everyone, please keep the following in mind:

  • Respect the Teen Loft space along with everyone and everything in it.
  • Respect library property and the property of others.
  • Please help keep the Teen Loft an open and accepting place for all; we’re all different, let’s celebrate it!
  • Food and drinks with spill proof lids are allowed, but remember to clean up any food and drink you bring into the Teen Loft.
  • You’re encouraged to use any available materials in the Teen Loft. Please put things back when you’re done.
  • Always use headphones for audio. We have plenty of headphones for you to borrow.
  • If you need to make a phone call, please step out into the hallway.
  • Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make the space more comfortable and accessible for you. (Suggestions can be made in person or via suggestion box.)
  • Although we want the Teen Loft to be a place of rest, please refrain from sleeping.
  • When you venture out to the greater library, please continue reflecting the norms listed above.

In further interest of creating a safe environment for you, the following will not be tolerated in the Teen Loft:

  • Bullying, abuse, or harassment of any kind
  • Physical or verbal fighting
  • Possession of weapons of any kind
  • Selling or use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Vandalism, graffiti, or intentional damage to library or personal property
  • Inappropriate use of technology
  • Invasion of others’ personal space

PPL Teen Services staff believes in the use of restorative practices to help build community and manage conflict. First-time offenses involving unsafe behaviors will result in a verbal warning and discussion with Teen Services staff, except for behaviors that endanger the safety and wellbeing of others. These behaviors will result in temporary removal from the Teen Loft until restorative justice healing practices can be used to repair harm.

The Teen Loft Norms were created with input from youth from Youth in Action, Providence Student Union, Young Voices, and PPL. This is a living document and will evolve to meet the needs of and feedback from Rhode Island youth.

Last revised June 2021

Marieme

PPL and the My City, My Place summer employment program taught me a lot of valuable skills and really helped me to discover that public speaking is something I’m good at.

- Marieme

Participant in the My City, My Place program and Teen Squad alum

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