By Lynn Hoffman
Rotarians were present at the Donor Preview of the new University Place Library on Friday, February 11, to be among the first to see the Tacoma Narrows Rotary teen area, named for the club in recognition of a $34,500 gift to the University Place Library Campaign.
“The members of the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club are proud to be a part of this beautiful library and community asset,” said President Brad Eyford, “We are pleased that our contribution will ensure that teens can have a free, safe place to connect, study and enjoy themselves.”
The 1040 square foot dedicated teen area is the first of its kind in any of the other 16 Pierce County Library System locations. There’s moveable seating and game tables for group interaction or independent study. A 35’ long cyber-bar and 9 computers are available for study and games. A LCD screen and video display for students to project and share their writing, art, movies and play games. Two thousands young adult books surround the space.
Many of the creative furnishings and fixtures were funded with a $34,500 gift from the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club. The Tacoma Narrows Rotary featured the University Place Library Campaign as the Fund-A-Need at its 2010 Spring for Kids Auction. Bidders enthusiastically raised their paddles to create a great place for teens in the new University Place Library.
The University Place Library opened its doors to the public on Saturday, February 12. More than 4,500 people attended the grand opening.