Edited by Padma Polepeddi
Thanks to the hard work of its staff, Centennial Park Library in Greeley, Colorado, became the place to be for teens. Recognizing that many of today’s teens have a passion for the hip-hop culture, the library effectively reached community’s teens at-risk of not graduating from high school by celebrating their music and providing educational information and inspiration.
The Library Bill of Rights says, “A person’s right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views.” But the difference between a written goal, even if supported by local libraries, and actual implementation can be vast. Witness libraries located in areas with high percentages of non-English speaking residents. Staff at these libraries know that simply opening your doors is insufficient.