The teens involved in every step of the planning process for The Mix helped make this teen zone the place to be. Explore the results as Manager Cathy Cormier takes us on a virtual tour of the multiple areas of SFPL’s teen zone, their uses and the tools they feature.
About Cathy Cormier
Cathy is the manager of The Mix at SFPL, the Central Library’s new teen-designed library and digital media learning lab for teens ages 13–18. She oversees services at The Mix, including library collections (books and media), programs and outreach. Cathy and Mix Librarians Mary Abler and Eric Hannan work closely with staff at the Main Library and youth services librarians at SFPL’s 27 branches, as well as with schools and community organizations serving youth throughout San Francisco and the Bay Area. The Mix was designed by founding members of the SFPL Board of Advising Youth, teen ambassadors selected each year. Cathy is excited about The Mix at SFPL providing a free, safe and equitable youth-positive space for anywhere, anytime learning. She has a BA in Politics from University of California, Santa Cruz, and her MLIS from San Jose State University.
Staff from The Mix at San Francisco Public Library share their experience in developing, funding and building their new teen library space, as well as how they engaged their youth and made it a community project.