Rep. Allie-Brennan Secures Grant for Bethel Public Library

October 19, 2022

On Sunday, October 23 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Bethel Public Library will debut its recently renovated Teen space and expanded Project Lab to the community. Rep. Allie-Brennan will join the Library for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2 p.m. 

This space was made possible by a $150,000 grant I worked to secure 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. 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 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. 

To learn more about the Youth Services grant and the full schedule of activities taking place on October 23, 2022, please click here.