You're Invited! Join us October 23 for our Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Schedule of Events Coming Soon!
BETHEL, CT: On Sunday, October 23, 2022, from 1 pm to 4 pm, the Bethel Public Library will debut its recently renovated Teen space and expanded Project Lab to the community.
The day will begin with a ribbon cutting with Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan (D-2) and the Friends of the Bethel Public Library at 2 pm.
Funding for the project was secured by Rep. Raghib Allie-Brennan, who worked with the Bethel Public Library to secure a $150,000 grant for nonprofit organizations. The grant was issued through the state’s Judicial Branch Support Services and Youth Violence Prevention program.
“Having a space specifically focused on our teens – one which provides a nurturing and supportive environment – was a major priority for the Bethel Public Library,” said Allie-Brennan. “At a time when libraries and public spaces are often woefully under-resourced, I am so pleased to have been able to help secure this funding, and I am so excited to see this new community space.”
In creating the new spaces, the Library had three objectives: (1) Create spaces in the Library where Teens want to spend their time. Spaces were designed to cultivate engagement and social/emotional growth through purpose-built modular furniture allowing for flexible design. (2) Provide programming that prepares them for adulthood and exposes them to new opportunities, e.g., career exploration and life skills. (3) Provide access to our Project Lab (Makerspace) that allows Teens to create and experiment with new materials and technology such as 3D printing, videography, and recording.
In Year One of the grant, the Bethel Public Library redesigned the Teen space to create a safe and welcoming place where Teens can congregate, study, and attend programs. The Library then relocated the Project Lab to the second floor and brought in new equipment that Teens can experiment and learn with.
For year two of the grant, the Library will launch a new teen programming initiative in the newly renovated spaces starting in November 2022. Teens will have access to video and recording equipment, 3D printers, laser engravers, animation, and graphic design software and tools.