Tween Space

The Tween Space at the Downtown Library is a place where tweens (kids ages 7–12) can hang out, explore crafts and other activities, enjoy pop-up programs, work on homework, or play.

There are several tables and chairs in the space. Supplies are kept in a special Tween Space cart filled with free-to-use materials, like homework supplies, craft supplies, small games and puzzles, and building toys (brain flakes, K’Nex, and LEGO). The Tween Space also offers a display shelf and wall for you to showcase your creations, post artwork, share bookmarks, and post book reviews.

Additional in-room activities can be found by the nonfiction shelves. They include board games, Cubelets Robot Blocks, Launchpad tablets, and pop-up books. Ask a staff member to help you find them!


tweens crafting in the Tween Space

Tween Space Exclusive Hours

To help foster independence, creativity, and peer-to-peer social interaction, the Tween Space offers exclusive tween hours. During these times, only tweens are allowed to be in the Tween Space.

  • Monday–Thursday: 3–9 PM
  • Friday: 1–6 PM
  • Weekends and School Break Days: All Day


Ellettsville Branch

Though the Ellettsville Branch doesn’t have a dedicated tween-only space, it does offer a children’s room separate from the Pre-K room and rest of the library. This room has two cozy windowed reading nooks, a work table, and a rotating activity for tweens. It also houses the fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novel collection! Similar to the Tween Space at the Downtown Library, the Ellettsville children's room also offers a space for tweens can display their creations.