Smart Space Videos

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A collection of videos showcasing the Smart Space Transformations of libraries who participated in WebJunction's Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces program, which led 15 small and rural public libraries from across the country to reimagine and reconfigure their libraries into smart spaces. 

Cornwall Public Library

Cornwall Public Library is located in Cornwall, New York. With a population of almost 17,000, Cornwall is located right on the Hudson River, a mere seven miles from the West Point Military Academy. Library Director Mary Lou Carolan utilized several community connections in transforming their Smart Space. A designer, muralist and carpet installer donated their time to make their space inviting, colorful and functional. Now it is a beacon for teens in the community.

Glenns Ferry Public Library

Led by Library Director Jennifer Trail, the Glenns Ferry Public Library is located in Glenns Ferry, Idaho. With a population of just over 1,200, Glenns Ferry is supported by a primarily agricultural economy. For their Smart Space, Glenns Ferry transformed a large room that housed the library’s VHS collection. Using flexible, bright furnishings, the room is now a functional, transitional space for youth-centered programming, STEM/STEAM activities and group meetings.

Hot Springs Library

The Hot Springs Library is located in Hot Springs, North Carolina. With a population of 560, Hot Springs Library is one of two public libraries located directly on the Appalachian Trail. Library Director Melanie Morgan wanted to utilize an unused storage room to expand the library space, making a new engaging children’s area and a fun, bright teen area.

James Kennedy Public Library

James Kennedy Public Library serves a population of 4,196 in Dyersville, Iowa, home of the Field of Dreams baseball field. The library team and community members, led by Library Director Shirley Vonderhaar, took advantage of the community feel they already had and created a space that is welcoming and active. Using flexible furnishings and adding active learning materials and activities, the new Active Learning Space takes community engagement to a whole new level.

Madison Public Library

Madison Public Library, in Madison, South Dakota serves a population of 7,425. Led by Children's Librarian, Lisa Martin, the community created a smart space for tweens and teens, providing them the opportunity to creatively interact with each other and with technology. And through the engaging planning process, not only did Madison Public Library get a new Teen Space, they got a new Teen Advisory Board.

Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library

Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library, located in Wilton, New Hampshire, serves a population of 3,677. Led by Library Director Pat Fickett, the community worked together to develop an outdoor Creative Space, a place for families, artists, musicians, speakers, visitors and library users to gather for both formal and informal learning. The Space includes a Story Walk, instruments, a performance corner, and spaces for outdoor and garden crafts.

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