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Repurposing a room with a history of being ahead of its time…

…to prepare children for the future with 21st Century skills.


It’s full “STEAM” ahead with the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation’s $185,000 capital improvement campaign to renovate the Library’s Kelinson Room into a fully adaptable Makerspace, general services programming area and public meeting room!

Why renovate?

• The Kelinson Room, once serving as a cutting edge community broadcasting space for the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) has become an underutilized space in the Library as new technologies have replaced the need for ICN spaces.

• Keeping with its reputation for bringing the best in youth services to our community, renovation plans will enhance the makerspace programming offered through the Library’s Creation Studio. Makerspaces are flexible, adaptable learning environments that deepen what is learned in traditional Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) classes. The Library’s current Creation Studio on the first floor is extremely limited in its capacity – serving a maximum of 10 patrons at a time.

• The total number of attendees for programs and meetings at the Library in 2018 was over 49,000. Renovating the Kelinson Room, which can serve 50-75 people per activity, will significantly add to the options, accessibility and attendance of the Library and its facilities.

• Expanding the menu of Creation Studio programming will help to engage kids throughout our community in fun learning activities during those at-risk hours of 3-6pm, as well as help bridge the learning gap on the weekends and during school breaks.

The Foundation has raised $131,115 to date – with your help, we can bring this project to life!

If you would like to learn more about this project and ways that you can help prepare kids in our community for the 21st Century, we’d love to hear from you! Please contact Sharon Sarver, Foundation Coordinator at 563-344-4182 or by email at

The Bettendorf Public Library Foundation would like to sincerely thank the following donors who have already provided or pledged their support to this project: Regional Development Authority, Scott County Regional Authority, The Bechtel Trusts, the Bettendorf Public Library Foundation, Ascentra Credit Union, the Doris & Victor Day Foundation, and private donors, including: Ann and Jim Kappeler; John Rabine; Carl and Rona Loweth; Beverly Van Soelen and Robert McCauley; David and Paula Pratt; Sharon and Brad Sarver; Dennis and Lynn Quinn; John and Diane Reid; Nate and Tawny Stoffregen; Sue Mannix; Nathan and Maegan Gorham; Bruce and Sharon Tinsman; Drs. Nikhil and Archana Wagle; Patty and Jeff Herzberg; Dr. and Mrs. Alex Brandtner; Heather and Jeff Brummel; Jeff and Marie Hassel; Anonymous; Nathan and Laurie Skjerseth; and Jack and Heather Herring.