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Donations sought to remodel Teen Room


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The West Linn Library Foundation is raising $10,000 to remodel the Teen Room at the library.In the fall of 2013, the West Linn Public Library’s youth services area saw a whirlwind of change, starting with a big redesign of the Kids’ Room.

Some of the changes included a new story time area, a section just for tweens and preteens, a tablet table with kid-friendly Nabi tablets, new colorful and comfortable furniture that encourages families to read together, cute decorations peppered throughout the bookshelves, the ridiculously popular Lego and train tables, and a layout that complements the library’s beautiful wall of windows.

Kids and parents are enjoying spending time in the library more and it’s largely possible because of the West Linn Library Foundation.

The foundation was responsible for raising the $20,000 needed to give the Kids’ Room a facelift and none of these changes could have happened without their tireless efforts.

Now the foundation is at it again and this time they have their sights set on the Teen Room.

The foundation is working toward raising $10,000 to remodel the Teen Room and they need your help. The “Teen Room reVITALization” project will focus on updating the form and function of the room so that West Linn teens will see it as a home away from home.

Teens need a dedicated space that encourages emotional, social and intellectual development for them to achieve a successful transition from childhood to adulthood.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Enter a raffle to win a basket valued at more than $150. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the library.

The foundation is working with library staff on this project, but they are also working with the Teen Advisory Board to give them a sense of ownership in the project and to ensure the modernized space reflects the community in which our teens live.

As one West Linn teen put it: “The remodeled Teen Room would feel like a safe haven that I would gladly escape to when teenage life is on the downside of the roller coaster that it is. Even when life is good, the teen room would be a place I would want to go when I need peace, serenity and a quiet, yet inviting and appealing, place to be whenever I may need one.”

One of the ways the foundation is seeking citizen support and involvement is through a raffle for a gift basket worth more than $150, offering many local goods and services. You can enter the raffle for a suggested donation of $5 at the West Linn Public Library. The drawing will be held on March 8 at 4 p.m. at a concert and reception offered by the foundation. The event is free and will give West Linn citizens a chance to hear more about the foundation’s work while also enjoying a performance by musician Jerome Couture.

If you’d like to make a donation to the Teen Room reVITALization project, call or visit the foundation at wllibraryfoundation.org.

— Rebecca Mayer is the youth services librarian at West Linn Public Library.




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