It can be tough to find funding for all of the great ideas you want to make happen at your library. In this occasional series, we’ll highlight different funding sources you may not know about or may not know how to tap.
Last July, the Dalles-Wasco County Public Library opened their new teen area, the Athenaeum. The space includes a digital media lab, a DIY maker bar, a video game lounge, and a study nook — and was only possible because of the many different donors and funders that supported the project. We talked to Megan Hoak, Teen Services Coordinator, to learn more about how the library secured the funding for this exciting renovation. Her responses have been lightly edited for publication on the blog.
Tell me about the initial conversations around budget when your new teen space was being planned. Who was in charge of the financial aspect of the renovation? At what point did you decide to seek outside funding?