Teens are invited to visit Main Library this summer

Teens are invited to visit Main Library this summer

Main Library is a welcoming space for all, and with a newly renovated Teen Space on the second floor, teens have even more reason to spend time at Main Library this summer.

Teens have enjoyed The Teen Loft, Studio i, young adult collections and teen-specific programming at ImaginOn since its opening in 2005. And now Charlotte Mecklenburg Library hopes Main Library can serve as a second space for teens to spend time, especially once they age out of ImaginOn’s offerings.

During planning meetings with library staff and focus groups and town hall meetings with the public, the Library realized that Main Library should offer programs and services to teens. While Main Library renovations are still a couple of years away, staff are working on pilot programming to determine the best way Main Library can serve the teen demographic.

Here are a few ways teens can spend time at Main Library this summer.

Hang out in the Teen Space

Library staff have transformed a portion of the second floor of Main Library to house a new Teen Space. Two nooks with brightly colored paint and comfortable seating can be used for reading, studying, one-on-one sessions and pop-up programming.

Keep an eye on the Library’s calendar for special teen programming in these spaces, or just stop by because there is always something new happening in the space.

Tours of Main Library

Teens can get introduced to Main Library through tours of the building. The roots of this location, and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, date back to 1903 when the building stocked with 2,526 books was dedicated and opened to the public. While the building has gone through several transitions since then, the mission of the Library has stayed strong and true over the years.

Groups of teens can arrange a guided tour of Main Library to learn about the wealth of resources available in this uptown treasure. Group tours are geared towards groups of 5-30 who are ages 12-18 and last 45 minutes. Content can be customized to fit groups’ needs.

Schedule your tour of Main Library today!

Think outside the box, make inside Idea Box

Teens are invited to get “creatively messy” at Main Library’s Idea Box makerspace, a learning environment for people to connect with others and create meaning projects, using technologies and tools that might not be easily accessible otherwise.

Idea Box is equipped with 3D printers, CAD stations, vinyl and laser cutters, sewing machines, knitting machines, MakerBot Replicator, LulzBot Mini, Epilog Laser Engraver/Cutter, Roland Vinyl Cutter, desktop computers and a variety of devices like the Nexus, Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and iPad.

Idea Box is a place where anyone (teens and adults!) can explore new technology as well as design, prototype and build inspired ideas from start to finish.

Explore Idea Box Tuesdays and Thursdays by scheduling a tour.


Teens are invited to engage in friendly competition and team-building through a combination of collaborative group, board games and giant-sized games. Groups of 5-30 can schedule this program Mondays-Thursdays. The program lasts 60 minutes and includes a brief overview of the Library and resources available at Main for first-time visitors.

Plan your gaming visit today!

Escape the Box

Enjoy escape room experiences? Main Library offers teens the chance to immerse themselves in an escape adventure in the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room. Teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving will be essential to solving puzzles before the time runs out.

This 60-minute experience is available for groups of 5-15 Mondays through Wednesdays. Schedule your escape today!

If you have questions about library group visits, please call The Teen Loft (for students 10-18) at 704-416-4660 or Spangler Library (for students 5-11) at 704-416-4630. For all other group visits, please contact Darcy Patai at 704-416-4607. Space for groups is limited and requires registration up to one week prior to the program date.

Group visits will continue into the fall and beyond, with experiences tailored to suit teen’s needs during the school year. We hope you will stop by and spend some time at Charlotte’s uptown jewel, and let us know how we can best serve you in the future!