PPL’s Teen Services Department strives to create programs that are teen interest driven, facilitate meaningful relationships, and expose youth to learning opportunities. Programs will range in topic, length, and frequency to meet the needs of the youth we serve.
Teen Squad programs are recurring classes that focus on work-readiness, 21st Century skill development, and interest exploration for teens. Through these competency based programs, Teen Services staff work one-on-one with teens to identify their learning goals, develop learning plans, and cultivate accountability.
- Summer - Data for Good Summer Employment - an engine for social good, this teen employment program teaches data science skills and pairs teens with nonprofit organizations with data needs to create data visualizations and answer questions.
- Summer - Middle School Book Club - in partnership with Providence Community Libraries, the Middle School Book Club meets once in July to discuss a novel and once in August to discuss a graphic novel. Dates and titles coming soon!
- Fall - Rhode Coders 2.0 - HTML/CSS: This course provides a foundation of web-development programming and coding for students with no or some previous coding experience.
- Fall - Data Navigators 2.0: This course provides a foundational knowledge of the full process of organizational data intelligence in the field of data analytics and visualization.
Teen Advisory Board/Youth Council
I really hope people don't think of PPL as "just some library." PPL is a forest of opportunities available to explore. I can't reiterate it enough: PPL really changed my life. In middle school I'd go home every day and be on my laptop. Now I am trying new things and doing a lot of things other people couldn't do years ago, such as the ACN courses. Going to the Library brought me into that world.