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Hartford Public Library – Teen and Young Adult Services

Program Name: Teen and Young Adult Services at the Hartford Public Library

The Teen and Young Adult Services Department at the Hartford Public Library offers teen and young adults a variety of services:

  • (Under Renovation) YOUmedia Hartford Downtown is a makerspace and STEM lab that focuses on Recreation, Enrichment, Academic Support and Workforce Development. Teens can explore emerging and trending educational technology, participate in Esports leagues, start a podcast, paint with their friends and build their very own cosplay! We love exploring new tech and introducing teens to career paths they might have known about.
  • YOUmedia Hartford at the Albany Branch is a digital learning and maker space just for teens (13-19) to hang out, mess around & geek out with state-of-the-art technology. Teens might learn a new trade from a visiting artist or get project support from one of our amazing mentors. YOUmedia helps young people explore what they love and turn that motivation into real life gains in the way of college and career readiness.
  • The Boundless Enrichment Program at Hartford Public High School provides permit to license Driver’s Education through innovative, gamified driving simulation workshops. Teens participate in a curricular sequence of driving lessons in a simulator before they are eligible to take part in a behind-the-wheel driving experience. In addition, this program offers Modeling and Photography workshops, Anime & Manga art, Screen Printing and a recreational Esports league.
  • Our Library Services department maintains a robust Teen/YA collection with non-fiction, fiction and graphic novels & manga, curated to develop a love of reading for users in grades 6-12 in the Greater Hartford area. Additionally, teens and young adults can access a variety of online resources with their library card or their Hartford Public School ID Number. Our Teen/YA Librarian can help teens and young adults with their research projects and career ambitions and also connect them with other services at the library. If you are interested in attending our programs or want to learn more about us, please visit our website at www.hplct.org.

Contact Details

Program Lead Point of Contact: Mike Elder

Assistant Director, Teen and Young Adult Services

Location Address
Downtown Branch 500 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103 The Downtown Library is temporarily closed due to water damage.
Albany Branch 1250 Albany Avenue Hartford, CT 06112 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Barbour Branch 261 Barbour Street Hartford, CT 06120 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Camp Field Branch 30 Campfield Avenue Hartford, CT 06114 860-695-7440 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dwight Branch 7 New Park Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 860-695-7460 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Park Branch @ the Lyric 7 New Park Avenue Hartford, CT 06106 860-695-7460 Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Ropkins Branch 1750 Main Street Hartford, CT 06120 860-695-7520 Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Boundless Library @ Rawson 260 Holcomb Street Hartford, CT 06112 860-695-7481 Tuesday and Thursday: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Program Details

Career Continuum Program Level: Career Preparation

Badges/Credentials Offered: Mentoring / Guidance, Internship (Paid), Other

Other Badges/Credentials Offered: Volunteer Work Experience

Length of Program: One month to one year in duration

Target Population: Age - < 17, Age - 17-24, In-school Youth, Out-of-School Youth (OY), Returning Citizens, Justice-Involved Youth, Non-Citizens, Hartford Resident, Homeless and Housing Insecurity, Gender - Male, Gender - Female, LGBTQIA, Other

Target Population Gender: TBD

Eligibility Requirements: Age < 17, Age 17-24

Service Type: Basic Skills Instruction, Career Competency Training, Follow-up Services, Integrated Education and Training, Tutoring, Work experience

Schedule (When is your program offered?): After school and during out of school hours (i.e. Summer)

Capacity for Each Implementation (Target Number): 30

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