The Connected Youth project is funded by a grant from the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Connected Youth Centers serve those ages 10 to 18. (Up to your 18th birthday, when youth can get an Adult APL card.) These computer centers are set aside for young people, and have special services available.
Each center is staffed with librarians and interns who can assist users with their technological and informational needs. Young people in the Connected Youth Centers are encouraged to read and discover Library resources, get to know Library staff, and find a place for themselves within the Library.
Programs, activities, and events encourage:
- Individual empowerment & leadership
- Collaboration & teamwork
- Diversity of interests & technologies
You can do many things at a Connected Youth center. We offer activities, crafts, and assistance as you explore your interests. Printing is free at Connected Youth centers, making them a great place to do homework as well as enjoy free time.
Locations - Connected Youth Centers
Each of the locations below has a dedicated Connected Youth Center, where young people 10-18 can enjoy the services mentioned above.
- Faulk Central Library
- Manchaca Road Branch
- Southeast Austin Community Branch
- Terrazas Branch
- Willie Mae Kirk Branch
- Carver Branch
- Ruiz Branch
- St. John Branch
- University Hills Branch
- Windsor Park Branch
Program History: Wired for Youth
Connected Youth continues a grant initiative going all the way back to 2000. In 2000, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the City of Austin and the Austin Public Library Foundation established ten Wired for Youth Centers. The City of Austin and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation committed funds for staff, operations and computer equipment for and the Austin Public Library Foundation raised funds for children's and young adult materials system-wide.
Centers were opened at the Carver, Manchaca Road, Oak Springs (Willie Mae Kirk), Ruiz, St. John, Southeast, Terrazas, University Hills and Windsor Park Branches, as well as the Faulk Central Library. These formed the starting point for the Connected Youth Centers we have to this day.