This post is part of a series where the YALSAblog takes a closer look at Learning Lab grantees from museums and libraries to learn how they engage middle and high school youth in “mentor-led, interest-based, youth-centered, collaborative learning using digital and traditional media.” To read more about the context of the Learning Labs, visit the first post in the series here.

Pima for blogToday we will listen to a conversation about the Pima County Public Library (PCPL) Learning Lab, AZ from Jennifer Nichols, Senior Librarian

Some of the highlights of this podcast include:

• Finding a balance between creating structure and letting go for a teen driven project
• Working with evaluators that help teach teens how to project plan including making a timeline, writing surveys, and running focus groups
• Developing a partnership with a ‘pay-it-forward’ model programming space
• Downtown Tucson Innovation group
• Creating a ‘youth center’ vs. just a ‘media lab’
• Keeping the space relevant for teens

Pima County Public Library podcast

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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