The Edge

What’s going on with the Edge?

As you are probably aware, the Edge has been closed since we moved the public computers back into the main part of the library several months ago and has not been used specifically as a space for teens for over a year. So, when is it going to open back up? That’s been the question we’ve been debating behind the scenes for a while. The short answer is that we’re looking at reopening The Edge sometime in October. That being said, there are still a slew details and minutiae to work out.

This long time period without The Edge, while disheartening for our teens and our Teen Team, is providing us with an opportunity to examine the needs of our teens, determine how to best provide service in The Edge, and possibly make some changes. I am working with the Teen Team (Jenn Grammer, Kody Stadler, & LeAnn Brungardt) and Co. to craft a service plan to meet the needs of our teens. Once decisions have been made about the new service plan and a reopening timeline has been finalized, we will pass those updates on to you.

Related to this, we are currently working on an updated Facilities Master Plan with HTK Architects.  Areas that will be addressed include the Kids Library and the Wings.  Nothing will happen to these areas until 2023 at the earliest.  We are discussing possibly bringing the teen space back into the main part of the building.  These next couple of years will help us understand what services we want to provide, the space we need, and how to best utilize The Edge.  We will update you as this project progresses.

5 thoughts on “The Edge

  1. Hayley Swisher on said:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to update everyone, Angie! I’ve seen firsthand how valuable The Edge is to our community teens and know they look forward to having a space to call their own again.

  2. Miranda Ericsson on said:

    Thank you for the update, Angie. Over the last month I’ve been asked by quite a few teens and several parents about the status of The Edge. Recently, one of our Trio tutors told me that she had managed to snag meetings with a couple of teens who came here hoping to spend time in The Edge, as well. I hope we can find a way to safely open the room to teens as soon as possible so that we can continue to offer a dedicated space for them here at the library and keep our relationships with young adults in our community strong.

  3. Sherry Best on said:

    I am so glad to hear this! I’ve had many teens ask about when the Edge is coming back. They miss it. One guy told me that he had aged out, and he really missed it. He said he thought that at one point, it had saved his life. He was depressed and lonely, and having that space to hang out, it was safe, he felt welcome. He really hoped that Topeka teens got that experience too.

    • Angie Reed on said:

      Wow, Sherry, this really hits home for me and shows that what we do- and the space and services we offer- have a genuine impact on our teens whether or not we see it. Thank you for sharing this!

  4. Chris Blocker on said:

    A bit of timing:
    Seconds after I finished reading this post, two young teenagers (probably young enough that they never had the opportunity to visit The Edge) walked by, and I overheard one of them say “I completely forget how boring the library is.” They’re here because a parent is doing research, so they’re wandering, looking for something to do.
    Hearing this firsthand was all the confirmation I needed to know that a dedicated teen space is clearly missed and much needed. I’m hopeful that we’ll continue to provide this kind of space for our teens.