Post Number: 327
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:05 am: || |
This is awesome! I've been saying that a decent amount of crime in Midtown and the CBD is caused by teens with nothing to do. This should help if that is true. What do you guys think?
Excerpt from Model D:
The Detroit Public Library has transformed its reading room into a high-tech hangout for teens called HYPE (Helping Young People Excel). Its goal is to "provide community youth a place to come, a refuge that is nice and progressive," says A.J. Funchess, DPL's assistant director of marketing. "It has all the bells and whistles -- when you walk in the door it lifts you up."
Link: http://modeldmedia.com/develop mentnews/dpl14308.aspx
Post Number: 1692
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 1:19 pm: || |
I will be @ the opening today snapping pics.
Post Number: 85
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 2:44 pm: || |
I guess going to the library to actually read a book is too much to expect from kids nowadays.
Another sign of the times.
Post Number: 238
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 2:50 pm: || |
Better in a library on a computer than on the streets, getting into trouble.
I really like the idea of not allowing adults into the room. Teenagers need a space to act like teenagers.
Post Number: 338
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 3:38 pm: || |
Viziondetroit, let us know when you get them posted!
Post Number: 2848
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 3:55 pm: || |
As much as I like the idea of this program for teens, I'm not particularly happy that we adults will never again be able to view the Frederick Wiley mural of Michigan or the Pewabic Fairy Tales Fireplace created for the original Children's Reading Room when the Library was built in the 1920s. See the mural and fireplace in the photo in this WWJ news item: http://www.wwj.com/Detroit-Lib rary-Opening-High-Tech-Haven-F or-Teens/2129510
Post Number: 2295
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 3:57 pm: || |
Libraries aren't about BOOKS and MAGAZINES. They're about babysitting teenagers who might be out on the streets getting into trouble?
Post Number: 2342
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 4:22 pm: || |
I share your thoughts, Kathleen. Our poor library. No endowment,limited budget, little support, leaky roof etc. Yet its still a gem. But getting more tarnished by the years. Is their Friends' Group viable and active?
Meanwhile, right across the street sits the brand spankin' new DIA, just refurbished, recipient of big-time fund-raising/endowment, large suburban financial support like there's no tomorrow, several after-hour events, really flourishing. So where did we go wrong?