Perth & District Library is building a new creative space for all ages

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Although closed to the public, the Perth & District Union Public Library has been very busy. Notably, the non-fiction section has been moved downstairs, while teens have a redesigned space upstairs that combines a seating area, books, and a productivity center.

This reorganization also offered the opportunity to revitalize the “Blue Room” colloquially known as a creative space for all ages. This new space will house the library’s growing collection of “things” and serve as a room for creative enterprises.

The Library is looking for help to come up with a fun name for this new room that captures both its function as a creative space and an object library. Ideas can be submitted throughout July to https://www.perthunionlibrary.ca/library-of-things/.

“The library has a growing collection of ‘things’. You can borrow a Chromebook, a wifi hotspot, e-readers, museum and park passes, and even a Kill a Watt Meter! Said Emily Smith, the library’s adult and senior services specialist. “This new room will house our library of things and will be a place of creativity! In step 3 of the provincial roadmap for reopening, we look forward to opening this new room for reservations. Anyone can book the room to use our in-house equipment, including a Cricut, 3D printer or cutter, or bring your own project ”. The new room can be reserved on the library’s website at www.perthunionlibrary.ca.

Do you have a musical instrument that you are not using? Are the craft supplies gathering dust? Donations to the Library of Things are welcome. The current library wishlist includes:

  • GoPro or comparable action camera

  • Specialized DIY equipment

  • Accessories for knitting and crochet tools

  • Snowshoes

  • Industrial eyelet tool

  • Binoculars

  • Sewing machine

  • Partition

  • Percussion

  • Floor easel

  • Portable CD player

The library is looking for people with knowledge and experience in the maintenance of musical instruments to volunteer on an occasional basis. The library also welcomes partnerships with members of the community who have something to share or teach others.

Contact [email protected] for all Library of Objects inquiries! To learn more about the services and programs offered by your library, visit www.perthunionlibrary.ca.


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