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Ribbon cutting set for Bethel Library's renovated Teen space

Bethel Public Library will cut the ribbon this weekend on its recently renovated Teen space and expanded Project Lab to the community. The Friends of Bethel Public Library will hold a ceremony on Sunday at 2pm with an open house from 1pm to 4.  State funding was secured by Representative Raghib Allie-Brennan.  The $150,000 grant was awarded through the Judicial Branch Support Services and Youth Violence Prevention program. 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. Teens will have access to video and recording equipment, 3D printers, laser engravers, animation, and graphic design software and tools.  Part of the goal was to bring new opportunities for career exploration and life skills.