BISMARCK, N.D. — Teenagers visiting the Bismarck Public Library in the coming months will find an area that caters to their needs.

The library is relying on feedback from teenagers to create an area where they can socialize, do homework and try new technology, the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2cy2FiE ) reported. Construction for the new space began this summer and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Library director Christine Kujawa said the facility had been thinking about doing something for the past few years.

“We got serious about it when we started working on our strategic plan that needed to be updated. As part of that process, we conducted a teen survey,” Kujawa said.

About 600 middle and high school students responded to the survey asking about the programs, technology, furniture and materials they wanted to see at the library. The plans for the new center were based on their responses, Kujawa said.

A total of $350,000 was raised for the project. A new fireplace and windows have already been installed. New furniture, including booths, desks and lounge chairs, will be added later. Student art will also be displayed.

The library will also offer new teen-geared events, including video-game tournaments and Pinterest nights.

“We have some ACT and SAT prep kits that we’re putting together that students will be able to check out so they can prepare, but we also want to be a place that they go to have fun and hang out,” said Laura Rysavy, teen programming coordinator.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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