Third places or public and informal gathering places have declined over the years. Third places, which are neutral ground where people gather to discuss, interact, and enjoy the company of those they know, are important for the health of communities. It's a known fact that teens have a strong need to socialize, and their third-space options have become increasingly limited. As a result, teens are filling the void by joining various online social networking sites, such as MySpace and Friendster. In the light of this trend, librarians need to contribute to the health of their communities by providing teens with quality third-space options. This article presents ideas on how librarians may create third places inside libraries.
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