The Central Park Library proudly opened its Central Studio to a crowd of about 80. This new Library feature offers a creative space for patrons of all ages. Guests explored the space, drawing and working on crafts. There was also an art exhibit from Santa Clara Adult Education students . Foundation Board member CJ McCarthy said, “It was a lovely event and well attended!”
Librarian Ellen Paul explained:
For the past hundred years or so public libraries have had a one-way relationship with our library patrons. Public Libraries have been places where people have come to find information, to consume information and librarians have been purveyors of that information. And after that single transaction, the interaction is complete.
With this new Central Studio we’re turning the concept of a traditional library on its head. With this space we are saying to the public that we want a reciprocal relationship with you. We don’t want you to come here and simply consume, we want you to create. And so this space is here to inspire the creative side of all of us.
The Library will also be offering a series of art classes and programs. See the Library calendar for more details; the first three are on May 23, May 30, and June 6th as described below.
The Foundation & Friends sponsored the reception and the accompanying book collection.