A variety of concerns have been raised about having separate spaces for tweens in public libraries:
- Is there actually a need for a separate tween space?
- Space limitations might not provide for a separate tween space.
- Staff will need to be reassigned from other duties, or additional staff will need to be hired.
- Expenses related to creating a new space, such as purchasing furniture and technology, adding to the middle grade book collection, programming costs, and staffing.
- Children’s and teen spaces already exist in many libraries, and carving out additional areas for target populations might reduce the space available for all patrons to use.
- Separate spaces might imply to children that they are not welcome to use materials in the areas designated for children or young adults outside of their age range.
- Tween’s preferences change so frequently that it is difficult for staff to know what to provide and have concerns that offerings in a tween area may become quickly outdated.
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