A ribbon cutting and open house celebrated the official opening of the Teen Space at the Blasco Library this past weekend.
Located on the first floor of the library and overlooking Presque Isle Bay, the new space was designed for and by teens through a series of public forums with guidance from the library's Teen Advisory Board. Decisions about furnishings, technology, and design were all made by the teens for their new space. And it looks awesome!
The space includes a robust collection of books and resources, brand-new furnishings, a performance stage, collaboration spaces, a laptop bar, and room for a wide variety of programs.
This construction will complete Phase II of the Blasco Master Plan – a four-phase plan designed to achieve the following overarching goals: 1) Respond to cultural and technological change, 2) Prioritize collaboration over collections, 3) Establish phased improvements, and 4) Build community support by making possibilities visible.
This $200,000 project is supported by the Erie Regional Library Foundation with a matching grant from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Pennsylvania Department of Education, with funds provided from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Congratulations to all involved in helping make this space a reality for the teens in the community!