Feb 19, 2020

Supporting the Library of Tomorrow

Cranston Public Library has served the Cranston community for 49 years with a mission to “bring people, information and ideas together to enrich lives and strengthen the community.” Over this time, many of our ever-evolving goals and projects have been accomplished with the support of the Champlin Foundation.

The development of our C-Lab and the current renovation of our Children’s Room are just two examples of how the Champlin Foundation has enabled Cranston Public Library to serve our community in the face of changing times and needs.

In 2013, Champlin Foundation grant funds led to the development of Cranston Public Library’s C-Lab. This space transformed the way librarians help visitors learn about and access technology. Rolling tables, an updated projector and AV system, as well as 3D printers, vinyl-to-MP3 and VHS-to-DVD converters, and an assistive technology station make this space one of the most adaptable and innovative public technology learning locations around. Staff members provide at least four computer classes a month, as well as one-on-one appointments and tech drop-ins, all of which are available to the public, for free.

The Champlin Foundation is also making an impact by funding our current renovation project. For the first time in over 30 years, the Cranston Public Library Children’s Room is undergoing a transformation. Around the theme of “portals,” we’ve designed a playful space which draws inspiration from classic stories like Alice in Wonderland, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Where the Wild Things Are, and A Wrinkle In Time. With a slated completion date of June 1, 2017, this new space will be wired for the future, while reserving space for the time-honored tradition of curling up with a good book.

Cranston Public Library has enjoyed a long-standing collaboration with the Champlin Foundation and future generations will have the Foundation to thank for many of the comfortable, safe, and educational spaces at Cranston Public Library.