Teen Read Week 2017: Planning for the Future

The Pratt Teen Learning and Leadership Center

Creation Space Rendering

As we kick off Teen Read Week 2017, the Pratt Library has made a commitment to young adults throughout Maryland.  You may have noticed the massive renovation project inside the Central Library on Cathedral Street.  Part of that renovation will include a Teen Learning and Leadership Center.

Ornate ceiling murals restored in Pratt Teen Space

The space will provide 6th through 12th graders with flexible spaces, state-of-the-art technology, and expert staff to help students maximize their potential.

Pratt young adult librarian Ny’ilah Whitaker says, “I’m looking forward to the new teen space.  Teens really need their own space.”

That space will include a “creation station” to promote interactivity so teens can create digital music, film a video, write code or participate in STEM programs. The Center will also provide space for college preparation, including instructions on how to complete college applications and apply for financial aid.

“It’s such a wonderful message to the teens in Baltimore City and the state of Maryland that we have invested in them and in their future,” says Deborah Taylor, Pratt Chief of School and Student Services.  “This will give us a chance to do so much more. I think we have a chance to really make a difference in the lives of the teens, and also to make a difference in what kind of city we have.” Funding for the Teen Learning and Leadership Center is generously donated by James and Sylvia Earl.

For a sneak peek at the new space, check out this video: