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Teen Technology & Homework Center

 Location: 3rd Floor
Phone: 404.730.1796

Teen Center Tour
Our Mission
Our Computer Lab and Department
Programming
Outreach
Volunteer Opportunities
History
Schedule
Teen Links Web Site

 Our MissionParentAndTeen
To provide an environment that fosters both academic and
recreational activity for qualified teens enrolled in a middle school
or high school program of study.

 Our Computer Lab

The computer lab offers Microsoft 2010 with Windows 7. The lab has 28 workstations with access to DVD/CD drives, USB ports, headphones, printing, and scanning.

Teens are assigned to either 60 minute or 120 minute PCs. If teens require more time, they can ask to have their time extended.

Study Rooms, Seating, Lounge, Collection & More
Glass enclosed conference and study rooms are provided for teens whoLounge_2
would like privacy while working on homework assignments or want to study together as a group. A collection of books and magazines in all subject areas, geared toward teens, is available.

A lounge area with comfortable seating, tables, stereo, TV, VCR, and DVD is available. Homework supplies and tools including colored paper, paper cutters, laminators, sheet covers, binding material, and more is available.


 Programming
Most programs or workshops can be customized to suit your specific class project, just let us know what you need! Groups working with Teens may book the center for use when classes or other programs are not scheduled.

C.O.M.P. (The Check Out Music Program)
Learn how to play basic lead and bass guitar and keyboard using instructional DVDs, CD ROMs, and book titles; Available daily, during Teen Center hours.Guitar

Library/Teen Center Tours
Students can register for library cards and learn how to utilize the resources available within several library departments including the Teen Center, Reference, General Collections, Special Collections and Children's departments.

Homework Help Database Workshops
AFPLS offers in-house and remote (with an active Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System library card) access to several homework help databases including: Mango Languages (foreign language study), Science Online (Facts on File), LitFinder, online encyclopedias dictionaries, and more! We invite your school or class to attend a workshop showcasing some of the databases.

 Outreach
A Young Adult Librarian will come to your school to register students for Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System library membership. We will also bring flyers and other informational material about library programs as well as prizes and giveaways (as supplies allow). Having a Career Day or studying/ celebrating a holiday or special month? The Teen Center staff can speak at your event or develop/support a program specific to your needs and curriculum. Special guests may attend as available.

 Volunteer Opportunities
Teen Center Volunteers must be enrolled in high school, middle school, and/or a formal home school environment. They may volunteer if they have to fulfill a school requirement, court requirement, and/or have a general interest in volunteering in a library setting. Alternative applicants (e.g. GED students, Job Corp. members, Alternative high school students, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All potential volunteers must fill out an Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Volunteer Application.

All volunteers will perform the following duties solely for the department:
Technology Assistance - assigning patrons to PCs in the computer lab, releasing print jobs, and assisting patrons at their computer workstation;
Shelving - picking up department materials in the Circulation department, shelving materials in the department, and shelf reading; and
Other Duties as Assigned - (example) tallying statistics, cleaning furniture and/or equipment, photocopying, sorting, etc.

 History
The vision for the center was developed during the 1997 Teen Initiative of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's Youth Services Division. The center opened in October 2000. The center was created in Partnership with The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Community Technology and Gateway, Inc. The Teen Center mission is to provide an environment that fosters both academic & recreational activity for qualified teens enrolled in a middle school or high school program of study.

 Schedule
See our schedule of events. Also, groups may book the center for use when classes or other programs are not scheduled. If you have any questions about Teen Center programs, please call us at 404.730.1796/1797.

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