Creating a participatory space for creativity and education at the library has the potential to fulfill many of the needs and desires of the community and the library. In addition to the place being somewhere for people of all ages to create, learn, and try new things safely, it promotes interaction within the community and between the library and the community. Participants learn by experimentation and from one another, and the library learns more about the community’s interests. The library becomes not just a place to hear or read stories, but a place to share stories and make new stories within the community. Creative spaces can be anything from low-cost interactive community art activities to technological trial-and-error learning centers, and anything in between. By blending several trends in library participatory spaces, we can facilitate hands-on learning and play for all ages.
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