• Rotary Year: 2016-2017
  • Application Date: 5/29/2016
  • Club Name (Primary): Abingdon
  • Club Name 2: Washington County
  • Project Name: Glade Spring Libary Creative Space for Teens
  • Project Total Cost: $12,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The Glade Spring Library, a branch of the Washington County Public Library system, is centrally located in the town of Glade Spring, Virginia. The Teen Connected Learning Initiative is an effort to create a MakerSpace environment for teens in the Glade Spring community. This dedicated space for teens will include an enhanced collection; an aesthetically appealing environment complete with unique seating and modern shelving; and new technology equipment and resources that support the library’s mission for lifelong learning, social exchange, and entertainment.
    Currently, the Teen space, located adjacent to the Children’s section, consists of a “Teen Space” sign and a few shelves containing a core collection of books devoted to teens. There is nothing unique or creative in the existing Teen space that differentiates it from any other area in the library or conveys the value of teens in the library community.
    The addition of a creative teen technology MakerSpace would allow the library to meet the following objectives:
    • Provide a unique space offering a work area, seating, and modern shelving where teens can collaborate and interact with other teens
    • Resources and equipment that support 21st century learning through hands-on and engaging activities based on teen interests such as Podcasting, coding, and videography to name a few.
    • Collaborate with local schools to offer activities where teens can create, produce, analyze and problem solve in preparation for navigating in today’s technology focused world
    • Appeal to reluctant readers while demonstrating that the library is more than just a collection of books
    • Connect teens to the community through partnerships with volunteers and mentors who share their skills and talents

    In meeting these objectives, the library will validate teens as important library users and community members, and offer learning opportunities and exposure to technology that they may not have access to elsewhere.
  • Expected Start Date: 7/18/2016
  • Expected End Date: 4/28/2017
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 200
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The 2015 Nielsen Prizms’ segmentation data website, targeted a “lifestyle analysis” of the residents living in Glade Spring, Va. This analysis concluded that the majority of persons living in Glade Spring, Va., are “back country folk,” typically poor, and a long way from economic paradise. This lifestyle analysis includes the Glade Spring area youth.
    The youth of Glade Spring, Va. are living in a rural environment that is struggling economically and most have limited access to new technologies based on socioeconomic constraints. The opportunities provided by a creative space for teens, allows them to utilize equipment and resources that they might not have access to otherwise, and will assist them in acquiring the necessary skills for a technology-driven world.
    Additionally, this initiative will promote social engagement and collaboration with other teens, volunteers, mentors, and community members, thus enabling them to work together in a variety of subject areas.
    The goals of the Creative Development Youth Initiative compliment the Washington County Public Library’s mission and general goals for serving the community. The new Teen space will serve as a community center where advanced technology activities, heritage workshops, and a wide variety of programming possibilities will be implemented for and by the Glade Spring youth.
    The Glade Spring Library has the opportunity to empower teens and change lives with the Creative Development Youth Initiative, and these opportunities, by extension, will provide future Glade Spring adults/community members the hands-on, creative experiences, nurtured training, analytical / critical thinking, and education that creates lifelong learners, library lovers, and community partners.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 100
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): - Assist in installing equipment and shelving
    - Participate in training seminars
    - Provide mentoring of teens
    - Participate in teen workshops
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: - Open house dedication with press invited
    - School class field trips
    - Virtual tour of new teen space
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Washington County Public Library System
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Letter of Participation.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budget upload.
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget upload.
  • Budget Upload: Budget for Teen Creative Space.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Janice Reeves
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President-Elect, Abingdon Rotary Club
  • Primary Contact Email: reevesjv@yahoo.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 703-638-0662
  • Financial Contact Name: Doris Shuman
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Foundation Treasurer, Abingdon Rotary Club
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    116 Valley St NE
    Abingdon, VA 24210
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  • Financial Contact Email: dshuman@cpashu.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 276-698-8882
  • Project Authorization Form: 2016 Grant Authorization Letter.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: Creative Space Design Concept.pdf
  • Grant Number1617-A
  • Grant Award$6,000.00