[Tomball, TX. January 2, 2024] -- Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library announced the completion of the renovation of the library’s teen space. The project was made possible through a partnership with Tomball Economic Development Corporation (TEDC).
New Design & New Tech
The completed project includes an updated design, new furniture, and upgraded equipment including TV wall display, a digital smart table with an interactive touch screen, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X, four Meta Quest 2 virtual reality headsets, and other advanced technology for young patrons to use. The space now provides local teens ages 12-18 with “educational opportunities to improve technological literacy and leadership experiences to guide them into adulthood” says LSC-Tomball Community Library Director Janna Hoglund.
The library will host an open house on January 24, 2024, 12 pm - 6 pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 pm. Patrons of all ages are invited to explore the new space, meet the YA library staff, and enjoy light refreshments. Learn more>>>
Young Adult Program Specialist Rachael Wells believes that “our uniquely designed teen space will offer unmatched workforce readiness opportunities to local youth and become the educational hub Tomball always needed and deserved. The timing of this open house is absolutely perfect. This is a great present to our community in the new year!"
Investing in the Community's Youth
The library is very appreciative of the ongoing partnership with the Tomball Economic Development Corporation. TEDC supports local businesses and organizations in Tomball through various initiatives that strengthen the Tomball community.
TEDC’s Executive Director Kelly Violette notes, “The Tomball Economic Development Corporation is proud to partner with the Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library to create a safe and healthy space that invites teens to be creative with media and technology. From workshops on coding to virtually touching the stars with a state-of-the-art learning table, the new technology-focused space encourages teens to pursue their interests, gain expertise, and have meaningful experiences. Together we are investing in our youth by providing access to technology and equipment to inspire and encourage our future workforce.”
"We are so excited to reveal our new teen space. It is going to be an educational and recreational hub for our teens," says Young Adult Librarian Victoria Allums, "Just with what we have available now, we have already seen such an increase in interest and participation in the space. We cannot wait to show everyone the rest!"
“This is an amazing addition to our library,” says Janna Hoglund. “Because of TEDC’s generous donation, our Tomball youth will have access to unique resources that will support their development and promote collaboration and creativity. On behalf of the library team, I would like to express a deep appreciation to the TEDC team in bringing this important resource to our community!”