About Teens

Hours

Monday–Friday: 3 PM–close (1:30 PM–close in June and July)
Saturday–Sunday: Noon–6 PM

 

About

The Ground Floor (at the Downtown Library) and the Ellettsville Teen Space are great places for teens ages 12–19 to make, create, and hang out! These spaces facilitate teen leadership, creativity, collaborative work, quiet study, and recreation. They include DIY design studios, books, music, board games, video games, cozy spots, virtual reality, and more!

We run a dynamic and fast-paced environment during after-school hours and on weekends when teens from multiple community middle and high schools drop by to participate in events and hang out with their friends. Staff focus on developing positive, pro-social, developmentally appropriate relationships with the teens and offering programs and services that are both fun and educational, such as Maker Lab, Teen Artist Club, D&D Club, Smash Bros. Tournaments, and Miniature Painting.

We also support the reading lives of teens and their families through the creation of staff picks lists, fostering a dynamic and engaging collection, and providing high-caliber readers' advisory services. While the books in the teen spaces have been selected for teens ages 12–19, the titles span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adult caregivers to take an active role in helping individual teens choose books that are the best fit for them and their families.

Both spaces follow our behavioral rules and photography policy for the safety and comfort of all users.

 

Teen Services Online

Join us on Discord for all your virtual teen space fun, 24/7! To join you must be between the ages of 13–19 and live in Monroe County. Fill out this form or talk to a teen librarian to participate!

 

All-Ages Days

The second Sunday from noon–6 PM of each month is open to all ages in The Ground Floor at the Downtown Library. The fourth Saturday from Noon–6 PM of each month is open to all ages at the Ellettsville Teen Space.

 

Volunteers

In order to promote a community of mentorship and to build relationships among teens in Monroe County and the wider population, we offer many volunteer opportunities. Those with an interest in working with teens to facilitate digital creativity, technological exploration, artistic creation, or recreation are encouraged to fill out a volunteer application. Teens are also encouraged to volunteer within these spaces to mentor other teens, share knowledge, and enhance the experience of all users.

The Ground Floor (at the Downtown Library)

The Ground Floor

303 E. Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408

812-349-3050

Ellettsville Teen Space

Ellettsville Teen Space

600 W. Temperance Street
Ellettsville, Indiana 47429

812-876-1272