We are thrilled to announce the completion of the Kitchen Table, our second creative lab, marking the culmination of our extensive donor-funded $5.6 million renovation project. Donor support is the sole reason we were able to make these impactful updates and ensure this space has all the amenities of a modern library. Thank you! The renovation includes new and improved spaces designed to cater to the evolving needs of Library patrons including:
- Community meeting rooms and collaboration spaces with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment.
- New and improved spaces like the Teen Corner, a laptop bar overlooking Lindley Park, the Hub, and the First Security Bank Reading Lounge on the second floor.
- The Work Bench makerspace, equipped with cutting-edge technology for creative projects.
- And now, the Kitchen Table, featuring a full demonstration kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes.
If the idea of a kitchen space in a library seems novel to you, you’re not alone! In recent years, public libraries across the country, including ours, have evolved into bustling centers of activity, offering a diverse range of services to meet the varied interests of their patrons. Incorporating kitchen labs into library spaces not only has practical benefits such as promoting health and nutrition but also fosters a sense of belonging, cultural exchange, and lifelong curiosity.
So what can you expect from this new space?
Health and Nutrition Education: In an age where diet-related diseases are rampant, programming to nutrition and culinary skills education empowers individuals to make nutritious choices for themselves and their families.
Cultural Exchange and Diversity: Food is a universal language, and the Kitchen Table will serve as a platform for exploring diverse cuisines, celebrating cultural heritage, and fostering appreciation for different culinary traditions.
Lifelong Learning: Cooking is not just a practical skill; it’s also a form of creative expression and lifelong learning. Look forward to cooking classes, recipe exchanges, and demonstrations that inspire experimentation with new ingredients and techniques.
Community Engagement: Cooking and sharing meals have always been communal activities that bring people together. By hosting cooking workshops, events, and food-themed gatherings, we look forward to the Kitchen Table being a space where neighbors connect, collaborate, and forge meaningful relationships.
We’re currently developing and scheduling programming for the Kitchen Table, so be sure to visit the Library’s CREATIVE LABS PAGE to stay updated on upcoming events.
The evolution of library services reflects the Library’s commitment to meeting the diverse needs of our community while fostering connection and belonging. With the opening of the Kitchen Table, we’re not just feeding minds but nourishing spirits and building stronger communities—one recipe at a time.