Cornwall Public Library was one of fifteen small U.S. public libraries selected to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project led by OCLC — a nonprofit global library cooperative – in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Over an 18-month period, participants engaged in a training program to re-imagine and reconfigure library space to support socially engaging and active learning programming that addresses a defined community need.
The purpose of this grant was to create an active learning, multi-purpose space in our library to be used for teaching, creating and connecting. The primary audience is teens but it will also be used to conduct small classes and technology training. This was truly a community-driven effort. The $5,000 grant could be used for materials and furniture but not labor. Therefore, we needed volunteers to help us out – we enlisted the help of a local interior designer, a painter, a muralist, a carpet installer and the suggestions from teens, to transform the space. Our deepest thanks go out to the following volunteers who made this pace possible:
Jaymee Scaduto, Design Contract Services
Amy Moren, Design Contract Services
Richard Schofield, Home Depot, Service Mgr.
Tim Patterson, Patterson Painting
Joe Stankiewicz, Stankiewicz Construction
David Lagas, Landmark Flooring
Josh Madden, TANDUS Carpeting
Carly Nielsen & Meghan Nielsen, Muralists
Andy Gennaro, PowerGen Electric
Linda Gayton, Interior Designs
Friends of the Cornwall Library
Cornwall Public Library Board of Trustees
Teen Advisory Group, T.U.T.
Jerry McKnight, Store Manager of DeCicco Family Markets for providing the food for this event
To learn more about the project visit the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces section of the WebJunction website. This two-year project is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.