The Brooklyn Public Library recently opened the doors to its two newest Teen Tech Center locations this week.
Located at BPL’s Saratoga and Adams Street Libraries, the centers will provide local teenagers with access to a wide array of technological resources, including computers, 3-D printers, cameras, digital musical instruments, microcontroller boards, and more.
According to BPL, the centers were designed as a way to introduce Brooklyn teens to potential career paths, allowing them to work at their own pace and develop their respective interests.
With the expansion of the two new spaces, that brings the Teen Tech Center total in Brooklyn to five, joining already-established centers at BPL’s Bay Ridge, Kings Highway, and Crown Heights locations.
“When we provide safe spaces where teens can meet their peers, sharpen their digital skills and express their creativity, we empower the next generation of entrepreneurs, scientists and artists,” said Linda E. Johnson, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library. “We now have five teen tech centers across the borough, and we can’t wait to see what innovative ideas Brooklyn’s talented teens bring to life at the Library.”
Funding for the teen centers was provided by New York City Mayor Eric Adams, as part of a city-wide initiative to engage and support local youth.
“New York City teens are the leaders of tomorrow and deserve all the resources today to turn their dreams into a reality,” said Adams. “That’s why across all five boroughs our administration delivered $15 million to our vital library system. Brooklyn’s newest teen centers will provide our young people a safe space with the tools to discover their passions, while helping to raise the next generation of tech leaders.”