The YOUmedia Network is a group of libraries, museums and community-based organizations that invite young people to create, learn and build skills with traditional and 21st century digital tools. Learn more...

Discover YOUmedia and Learning Lab locations that are responding to the interests of young people.  These featured sites are leading the effort to develop innovative spaces for collaboration, media production, engaging programming, and opportunities to work with mentors.


The ArtLab is a dynamic and dedicated community space in the Hirshhorn Museum’s Sculpture Garden. It gives DC area teens free access to up-to-date technology, the support of artist-mentors, and access to the vast physical and virtual resources of the Smithsonian. The space has a sound booth, gaming area, and DropZone, a regular afterschool program with weekend hours that is part of the YOUmedia Network. Learn more...

LearningLabs Projects

Columbus Metropolitan Library, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, WOSU Public Media and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), will plan and develop a system of teen learning labs across the city of Columbus, Ohio. The labs will use 21st century digital media tools to enhance learning and create a collaborative community of teens. Learn more...


  • Posted June 20, 2013

    A new report, Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners  by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), argues that museums and libraries can be that crucial piece in the puzzle of ealry-learning networks, particularly for underserved families. 

  • The report details the enormous role museums and libraries around the country already play in children's learning, and how they can do more, including 10 ways museums and libraries are currently support young children.  

    Executive summary 

    Full report [pdf]