The Ground Floor

The Ground Floor is a space for teens
A giant space just for teens at the Main Library. The Ground Floor is your space to make, create, and hang out. Expect special guests, pop-up events, and the unexpected!
The Ground Floor is open:
Monday–Thursday: 3–9 PM
Friday: 3–6 PM
Saturday–Sunday: Noon–6 PM
The Ground Floor is for ages 12–19 only. Everyone is invited to check out  Level Up, a space with digital creativity tools for all ages, including reservable video and audio production studios.
The Ground Floor facilitates teen leadership, creativity, collaborative work, quiet study, and recreation.

Lunar New Year

year-of-the-dog-lunar-new-year-celebration_social-media_01-18.jpgHappy New Year! Lunar New Year is an important holiday in China—and February 16 is the first day of the Year of the Dog. Unlike the Western calendar, which is based on the sun’s cycle, the lunar calendar tracks the cycles of the moon, meaning the Chinese New Year falls on a different Western date each year. This time of festivities, rest, and family goes back thousands of years.

Data Privacy Day


In light of the numerous cybersecurity incidents of 2017, on this year's Data Privacy Day it seems all the more important that we examine our privacy habits and best practices for staying safe online. Data Privacy Day is run by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), and serves as a platform for raising awareness about the importance of privacy and good online safety habits—for people and businesses.

Krampus Night


Krampus Night is almost here! The Krampus, a mythical horned creature of ancient Germanic legend, is often seen in folklore accompanying St. Nick and punishing wicked children. Its story—and the festivities surrounding it—has experienced a recent surge of popularity, with marches and parades throughout the winter holidays in Europe and the United States.

Immigrant Voices

american_street.jpgThis year, several young adult books were published about teen immigrants and their experiences living in the U.S. These stories explore the challenges involved in moving to a new country, as well as issues related to race, culture, identity, and community.

If you’re looking for a story told from a different perspective, check out one of these reads featuring teen immigrant characters!

American Street by Ibi Zoboi