Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Why Teens Need the Library

The Berkeley Public Library is now embarking on a major review of the interior space for the Central Library (last renovated in 2002). The effort will lead to improved acoustics, seating, way-finding, space allocation and workspace lighting. High on the list of priorities is addressing the needs of our teen patrons. You can read more about our support of this project in our special year-end appeal from Foundation President Trish Hawthorne, and here’s the sources for the statistics she cites. Join our efforts and donate online!

• Kids age 10-17 make up nearly 6% of Berkeley’s population, and nearly 8,500 Berkeley households have children under 18. Source

• Nationwide, teenagers age 16-17 rely on the library more than any other age group. They borrow more books than they buy and they depend on librarians for reading recommendations. Source

• Researchers have measured the benefits of reading for pleasure: improved writing ability, grammar and vocabulary; greater self-confidence; better decision-making and understanding of other cultures; and  more community participation. Source

• Statistics show that between 3 and 6pm are the peak hours for juvenile crime and experimentation with drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Source

• Approximately 14 million middle and high school students are on their own after school. Source