The Impact Libraries Have on Teenagers

Very few public spaces put time, energy, and square footage into giving teens a place to claim as specifically their own.


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Believe it or not, in the United States, public libraries, with 16,607 locations, outnumber both Mcdonald’s, 13,363, and Starbucks, 15,444 strong. For teens, libraries hold a unique appeal. They remain one of the only places teens can use without buying anything. While practical, this isn’t the only reason that libraries can have a significant impact on the lives of teens.

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Supportive Adults

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