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Why tweens SHOULD have separate spaces in public libraries

tweens-bannerTweens can benefit from having a designated space just for them in public libraries because:

  • Tweens (typically defines as age 8-12) have information needs and interests that are unique from other age ranges.
  • They’re too old for the children’s area but not old enough for the teen area.
  • Their needs are often overlooked by libraries, who focus on younger and older children.
  • Promote lifelong library user populations by providing services from childhood through adulthood, rather than having a gap in services for this age range.
  • Engage parents who bring tweens to programs just for them.
  • Demonstrate to public officials and educators the library’s value in serving this population.


Bean Thompson, Sarah. (2014). Don’t forget the tweens. Retrieved from

Goforth Gregory, J. (2015). Stuck in the middle. American Libraries, 46(5), 42-45. Retrieved From

Meyers, E. M., Fisher, K. E., & Marcoux, E. (2009). Making sense of an information world: The everyday-life information behavior of preteens. Library Quarterly, 79(3), 301-341. Retrieved from

Moss Struckmeyer, Amanda. (2012). Reaching tweens. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 10(2), 36-38. Retrieved from

PISARSKI, A. Y. (2014). Finding a place for the tween. Children & Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, 12(3), 13-16. Retrieved from

WITTEVEEN, A. (2015). What do tweens want? School Library Journal, 61(10), 30-32. Retrieved from

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). (2016a). About YALSA. Retrieved from

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