MRL Community Youth Center Opens Saturday, Oct. 20
Massanutten Regional Library Downtown Harrisonburg will officially unveil its new Community Youth Center this Saturday beginning at 12 noon. Festivities will continue when Margie Lynch, the Bubble Lady, will kick off programming in the new space for the Main Branch at 2 pm the same day.
“We have been working on this nearly a year,” says Lois Jones, MRL’s Library Director, “but the dream has become reality, and we are grateful to all our donors for making the Community Youth Center possible.”
WHSV-TV-3 announced in January that the TV station had selected Massanutten Regional Library’s planned Community Youth Center as the recipient of the WHSV Good Neighbor Project and provided $12,500 in seed money to kick off the fundraising efforts toward the $75,000 goal.
The Youth Center Project entailed renovating some 3500 square feet into a Youth Center to house all youth library programs and activities. A second room, the Teen Room, is also being refurbished to house all teen books, materials, and computers.
“This renovation allows us to expand programming to tweens/teens ages 12-17,” says Clare Eakin, Massanutten Regional Library Youth Services Coordinator. “The library currently provides quality, engaging educational programming to children under 10, and now we have the space to extend that programming to the older youth. In the past we have had our teen-centered materials located in the hallway outside the children’s room. We have not offered tween/teen programming in the past due to space limitations. We are more than excited! ”
Leadership gifts from The Darrin-McHone Charitable Foundation in memory of Dr. Garney L. Darrin, the Harrisonburg Rotary Club Golf Tournament, and the Rockingham Group, along with the seed money from WHSV-TV-3, came in immediately.
Other donors include Farmers & Merchants Bank, Summit Community Bank, MillerCoors Brewing Company, The Plecker Family Fund of The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg & Rockingham County, LD&B Insurance and Financial Services, BB&T Insurance Services, and BB&T Dayton Branch.
Individual donors include Dwayne and Tracey Jones, Wayne Harrison, Richard Morin (In Memory of Phyllis J. Morin & Brenda Morin Bazinet), Jonas and Barbara Borntrager, Patricia Bruce, Ted and Stephanne Byrd, and Ronald and Edith Carrier.
Alice-Lee Coakley, Nicholas and Ashley Comer, Deborah Crider, Michael Demick, Robert and Linda Dinsmore, Doug and Gayle Driver, Michael Eutsler and Janet Jones, Michael Evans and Amy Ghaemmaghami, Jim Dye, and Scott and Lisa Gallagher also are donors.
Other citizens and businesses donating to the Community Youth Center included Paula Gerome, Harrisonburg Turks, Tom and Virginia Holden, Larry and Susan Huffman, and Patricia Martin.
John and Beverly McGowan, Charlette E. McQuilkin, Merck Partnership for Giving, Robert Metz, James and Sarah Nelson, Samantha Peterson, Harry and Reba Rawley, John Reeves, Nancy Shull, Tonie Singleton, Lynn Smith, Jeff Stiggle, Ryan and Kathleen Waid, Joanne Whitmer, and Patty Workman also contributed money to the Community Youth Center Project.