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sunrise graphic with book
Vi Ha, April 05, 2018

There is a strong cadre of teenagers that love the Central Library. Teens get the same wow factor of seeing the building and also thinking about how this space is built to store and share knowledge, learning, and books.


close up of a recording device
Tina Lerno, March 15, 2018

Did you know we have an awesome new podcast?


Mary McCoy, May 02, 2016

There are three bulletin boards in Teen’Scape, all covered in artwork that was created by teen patrons who spend time in the department.


Chinatown in the seventies.
Vi Ha, December 04, 2015

My parents worked in the garment industry. My father started out doing bespoke suits in the 1970s and had to constantly reinvent his career as the clothing tastes changed.


Senior Librarian Mary McCoy at the Teen'Scape Desk
Central Docents, November 23, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.  Architect Robert Coffee created the unique space, which opened in 1998.&


illustration of the teen'sacpe space in Central Library
Central Docents, November 12, 2015

When you take our free, daily, docent-led art and architecture tours of the Los Angeles Central Library, we always point out Teen’Scape, one of the nation’s first libraries within a library designed by and exclusively for teens.   The 4,000 square-foot area includes the “living room,” complete wi


Mary McCoy, August 19, 2015

It happens all the time at my library. A parent walks up to me and says, “My son has to read a book for school. He’s in 7th grade. He doesn’t really like reading. Can you recommend something?”


Surfer Beetle
Vi Ha, March 31, 2015

World Water Day was celebrated this past March 22. It is a day created in 1993 by the UN to bring light the importance of water to life among people. This year’s celebration was dedicated to Water and Sustainable Development.


Vi Ha, November 10, 2014

Recent conversations with the teenagers that visit Teen’Scape revolved around the history of words.


A picture with teens at the Teen'scape department
Vi Ha, September 16, 2013

I had a friend once explain to me that there are basically two ways to learn about the world: one method is to take it apart into parts, a destructive method and the other way is to experience wholly and to make models of our experiences.


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