Greetings from Glenns Ferry Public Library! Glenns Ferry, ID


The Glenns Ferry Public Library in Glenns Ferry, Idaho has chosen to reimagine a space that previously held their large collection of VHS tapes. After weeding and relocating that collection, library director Jennifer Trail was left with a blank space full of possibilities. They closed off two small openings at either end of the room in favor of one large entryway that has made the space feel brighter and more open. Jennifer is looking forward to transforming the space into one that can be used for book clubs, after school programs and community meetings while still being “versatile” and “adaptable.” With the acquisition of a 3D printer, maker kits, and new storage, the community of Glenns Ferry will soon have an exciting makerspace to explore a variety of active learning opportunities!

The 15 small and rural libraries participating in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project are hard at work transforming their chosen spaces into ones that incorporate active learning and meet the needs of their communities. To share their progress, we have imagined postcards that participants might be sending to their communities. Take a look at the great projects taking shape!

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces

Fifteen small U.S. public libraries were selected to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project. The selected libraries are:

Caledonia Public Library, Caledonia, Minnesota

Cornwall Public Library, Cornwall, New York

Glenns Ferry Public Library, Glenns Ferry, Idaho

Greenwich Free Library, Greenwich, New York

Honey Grove Library & Learning Center, Honey Grove, Texas

Hot Springs Library, Hot Springs, North Carolina

Ignacio Community Library, Ignacio, Colorado

James Kennedy Public Library, Dyersville, Iowa

Madison Public Library, Madison, South Dakota

Norelius Community Library, Denison, Iowa

Punxsutawney Memorial Library, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania

Ronan Library District, Ronan, Montana

Town Creek Public Library, Town Creek, Alabama

Tucker Free Library, Henniker, New Hampshire

Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library, Wilton, New Hampshire

This two-year project is made possible by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is implemented in partnership by WebJunction and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries.

Read more about the Smart Spaces project here.