Anythink Teen Studio

Anythink is a public library located in Thornton, CO; their Teen Studio is one of the 24 Learning Labs, supported by IMLS and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In October 2015 the researchers visited Anythink and interviewed 9 teens and 4 librarians. Collected data include how teens in the Learning Lab obtain 21st century skills through creating things, such as a piece of music or a video game, often without realizing they are learning while having fun. Additional findings reveal different ways librarians in these spaces serve as guides and facilitators.