A place to hang out at Kendall Young Library

A new program at Kendall Young Library offers a space for teenagers to do homework or relax after school.

The Teen Lounge will be hosted Mondays through Wednesdays in the lower level meeting room of Kendall Young Library from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Rebecca Philipsen, lounge organizer and Adult Services Assistant at Kendall Young Library, said the program began after the library noticed an influx of teens after school ended for the day.

“We just wanted to give them a space to be teenagers,” Philipsen said. “They could talk, listen to music, and all that because upstairs is a little quieter.”

The program, which is mostly unstructured, offers laptops for teens to check out for use on a first come first serve basis. The Teen Lounge will also offer occasional activities. Philipsen said events like Star Wars Reads Day,” will be held on Oct. 7 with books and snacks.

Another event the program plans to highlight is Teen Read Week in October. Philipsen said other activities may include movie showings and game days.

Teen Lounge is generally for students in grades six through 12. There is no cost or signup required to attend, and students can stay for as long as they want during the assigned hours. Philipsen said she looks forward to more students coming out to the library for homework, reading or just relaxing with friends.