Teen Room and Children's Area
Working in concert with the Friends of the West Linn Library, the Foundation helped fund a much-needed revitalization and reconfiguration of the library’s Teen, Pre-Teen and Children’s areas on the ground floor.
Prior to these renovations, the library had a history of successful, active engagements with teens. However, the ground floor was in need of an update. Your donations to the Foundation enabled us to provide approximately $10,000 for this effort.
Thanks to you, the Teen area now boasts an invigorated new space that fosters even more learning, collaboration and creativity. The new “Maker Space” with its variety of media (3D printing, robotics and computer programming tools) is a one of a kind environment for teens to create projects, develop technology skills, complete schoolwork and collaborate with peers.
2016 Summer Reading Program
The Foundation helped support the Library’s wildly popular Summer Reading program that invigorates young and old readers alike. Thanks to the fantastic fundraising efforts by the Friends of the West Linn Library, this summer’s reading program may have been the best yet. The Foundation provided approximately $400 towards prizes for top competitors in this year’s program.
Some of our Past Initiatives
2015 Fall Lecture Series
During the Fall of 2015, the Foundation helped to bring a series of three lectures to the Library.
Lecture 1: Exit Wounds: Soldiers' Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan
A Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize Winner, freelance photographer Jim Lommasson has published several books. "Life after War: Photography and Oral Histories of Coming Home" is his most recent. In an Oregon Humanities Conversation held on September 15, 2015, Lommasson touched on some of the themes of his recent work and facilitated a heated community exchange regarding the complex issues and emotional trials experienced by soldiers coming home.
Lecture 2: What Is Education for?
In an Oregon Humanities Conversation held on October 6, 2015, Professor of Philosophy Alex Sager addressed some of the basic underlying questions about the nature and goals of education and led the audience in an engaged discussion about the role of education in American society. Associate Professor of Philosophy at Portland State University, Sager specializes in social and political philosophy.
Lecture 3: The Literary Corp of Discovery: The Impact of Lewis & Clark and the American Imagination
From Thomas Jefferson’s hand-selected traveling library for Meriwether Lewis to the artistic and literary impact of the Corps of Discovery on 19th century America the Lewis & Clark Expedition has had a rich cultural history. On November 16, 2015, our very own Doug Erickson, West Linn Library's Director, discussed these areas, using multiple visual and textual examples of the influences and effects of America’s most famous Expedition.