Teen Room Grand Opening

Photo Credit: Jesse Burkhardt, The Dalles Chronicle

On June 15th, 2017, The Dalles-Wasco County Library held its grand opening for The Athenaeum: a new space for middle and high school students at the library. After a ribbon cutting with the Chamber of Commerce, community members were invited to explore the Teen Wing. The new space has four main areas: a study nook with three desktop computers, a TV/video game lounge, a DIY Maker bar, and a Digital Media Lab. The lab features equipment and software for movie making, sound recording, stop-motion animation, and digital artwork.

The Athenaeum features thick panels of sound-insulating glass, which will allow students to collaborate without disturbing other patrons. It also has brand new floors, bookcases, furniture, and art, all of which feature a steampunk design aesthetic. The design was discussed and voted upon by the Teen Library Advisory Board members, who also pitched in to keep construction costs down by reupholstering furniture and painting the “green screen” wall in the Digital Media Lab.

The Library is tremendously grateful to all of the donors, community partners, and contractors who helped make this new space possible. Stop by and check out this wonderful new space!

Donors & Community Partners:

Arts in Education of the Gorge, Bryan LaRoque, The Dalles-Wasco County Library Foundation, The Friends of The Dalles-Wasco County Library, Google, Libraries of Eastern Oregon, The Oregon Cultural Trust, and Wasco County 4-H: OSU Extension Services


Adams Construction (General Contractor), Bryan LaRoque of Industrial Woodworking, Bob’s Glass, Oliver Floor Covering, Doug Jenkins Electric, and Rage Graphix & Design