The Office of Library & Information Services, together with the Office of Innovation, is pleased to announce that Adams Public Library in Central Falls, Greenville Public Library, Providence Community Library and Warwick Public Library are the recipients of the Studio Rhode Next Generation Library Challenge Phase 2 grants.
This second phase of the Studio Rhode award challenge, provided with funds from the Carnegie Foundation, seeks to engage public libraries that are reimagining the way they approach community challenges and program delivery. Four pilot projects focused on community engagement, technology, education and other key issues facing their communities have been selected for their innovative approach to library services.
The Adams Public Library in Central Falls will pilot its “Teen Space on Wheels” which will provide dedicated teen tech times and equipment in the library’s multi-purpose space. Using a variety of mobile digital creation and fabrication equipment, this project seeks to be a model for libraries who do not have space to dedicate to teens but still want to engage with their teen community in a way that increases their knowledge of and confidence using digital tools.
Greenville Public Library in Smithfield will launch “Get Growing at Greenville”, a community garden that will be enhanced with tech tools such as heat sensors, a time-lapse WiFi camera, and iPads preloaded with gardening apps. Gardening programs, with a focus on sustainability and healthy living, will be embedded in the library’s offerings for all ages, and a garden tool lending collection will be established so that community members can apply what they have learned at home.
Providence Community Library will begin work on “Virtual Providence,” a series of 360 degree video tours of Providence cultural institutions featured in the Summer Reading program and created in the library by Providence teens. These video tours will be available to experience in all PCL branch libraries as a supplement to the Summer Learning Passport program, offering children who cannot visit places such as the Roger Williams Zoo the opportunity to visit virtually.
Finally, Warwick Public Library will be exploring “Virtual Worlds at Warwick” with the purchase of a Vive virtual reality system. In partnership with Rhode Island Virtual Reality, they will offer programs aimed at expanding access to experiences and cultures beyond the borders of Warwick while exposing their community to this technology of the future.
OLIS offers its congratulations to these new Studio Rhode libraries, and we look forward to seeing the way these projects impact library services in their communities.