Work will be funded with $20,000 raised by foundation

by:  VERN UYETAKE - Adela Cinpean reads to her daughter, Annelise, and son, Aaden, in the West Linn Public Library children's room.When the new parking lot at the West Linn Public Library opens in October, visitors will have direct access to another new — and perhaps more exciting — addition.

On the heels of a $20,000 donation from the West Linn Library Foundation, the library is in the process of fully renovating its downstairs children’s room. According to Library Director Holly Mercer, the project includes moving a full-service circulation desk downstairs while also adding a young teen or “tween” area, upgrading the furniture and adding “collaboration” areas where children can play video games and interact with each other.

“We’re also going to be incorporating a nature theme throughout the renovation,” Mercer said, “with trees and natural colors and other elements.”

The project should be completed by Oct. 15, with the finishing touches put in when the library is closed for staff training on Oct. 14.

“We’ve timed it with the opening of the additional parking lot,” Mercer said, “with the intention that patrons can use the new parking lot and have direct access to children’s services and do all of their transactions there.”

The room will be divided into different areas based on age groups — from infants to toddlers and beyond — to assure that families can find suitable activities for every child.

“The design will better support literacy development and creativity skills, as children progress through their ages,” Mercer said. “It’s a very progressive design by intention ... a family could go use the space and every child could find something relevant for his or her level.”

The West Linn Library Foundation was founded specifically for charitable purposes and received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in June 2010. The foundation raises money primarily though individual donations, “planned giving” through bequests or estate plans and grants.

The foundation’s next goal is to raise money for a new teen area at the library — which Mercer hopes will be completed by next year.

To learn more about the West Linn Library Foundation or make a donation, visit

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