For a decade, the Austin Public Library has proudly offered an award-winning Teen Services program to the teens of Austin. In 2009 Connected Youth introduced laptops and creative new programs to the Austin Public Library system. Connected Youth is an expansion of the Wired for Youth Centers that the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the City of Austin, and the Library Foundation established in 2000.
Each Teen Center has laptops which are available for check-out, and is staffed with a Teen Services Librarian who is there to assist kids with their technological and informational needs. Computers are just part of Teen Services at Austin Public Library. Teens are also encouraged to read and discover library resources, get to know library staff, and find a place for themselves within the library. Programs, classes, and events encourage creativity, leadership, experimentation, confidence, teamwork, and pride.