High-Tech Youth Center Created for Teens, by Teens to Open at Main Library

Photo of Phoebe and Carlos, two 101Space Youth Design Team members.
Photo of Phoebe and Carlos, two 101Space Youth Design Team members.

(TUCSON, Ariz.) - The 101Space, downtown Tucson’s newest youth center, will open on the 2nd floor of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library and offer local youth, ages 13-18, a safe space to discover creativity, connect with mentors, and engage in life-long learning.

Two events will mark the opening: Friday, May 6 (3 to 5 pm) and Saturday, May 7 (1 to 4 pm)

Designed in partnership with members of a Youth Design Team, featuring more than a dozen local high school and college students, the space focuses on connected and personal-driven learning, highlighting topics that reflect the ever-changing landscape of the digital age.

Featuring tablets, 3D printers, digital cameras, and editing and design software for use year-round, the 101Space opening will feature collaborative art, Strawbees construction, audio and video recording, Oculus Rift, and more!

The 101Space will be open during the same hours as the library, and will also offer scheduled classes throughout the week. It will provide seating areas designed for interacting with peers and adult mentors in a comfortable environment.

Based on the cutting-edge ideas behind HOMAGO (Hanging Out, Messing Around, Geeking Out), the 101Space will allow teens the opportunity to explore their passions through hands-on experience and reflection.

“With the opening of 101Space,” says Kendra Davey, Young Adult Services Manager, “the Pima County Public Library is joining the ranks of such well-known sites as Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia and ARTLAB at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn’s Museum. It’s a huge step toward creating the thriving, passionate, empowered, and connected youth community we know is possible.”

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