Last month I attended an interesting workshop on techniques to enliven library spaces for YAs (that’s young adults, in library lingo). The instructor thinks the YA area should look more like a teenager’s bedroom – fun, playful and creative – than like the quiet, orderly structure we all expect in a traditional library room. “HotShelving” books by displaying the book cover art, decorating shelves with colored paper, and having related items stacked on the shelf (like a stack of pancakes) is one way to start. Fun, flexible seating is another possibility. The example shown here is by designer Sakura Adachi. How do you like these ideas? What else would you change to make our YA area more inviting to teenagers? What would entice you to hang out and browse?