The Millvale Community Library is always looking forward. How can we improve? How can we reach more people? What does it mean to be "More than a Library, an Agent of Positive Change"?
The FabSLAM challenge prompt was to identify a community space in need of a little TLC, and design a solution (potentially using the 3D printer to bring some solutions into reality). However, the Millvale Community Library isn't your average community space. The kids in the neighborhood feel a serious sense of ownership over the library, especially because many of them helped to paint the walls themselves. Because of this, a conversation about a potential redesign or change of the existing space must involve more than a select few of the Millvale youth.
The backyard of the library is a huge part of what makes our space so unique. With a youth garden bed, plenty of room for outdoor play, and a nice big deck, the garden acts as an extension of our physical indoor space. As one of the only easily accessible green spaces in Millvale, we want our backyard to be an more exciting and engaging space where kids want to be. We decided to focus on the backyard for the FabSLAM design challenge, prompting the onslaught of kids coming off of the school bus with the question "What do you imagine in the Library Garden?"
Focusing on a few specific categories; relationship to the building, garden, entrance/exit, playspace, and Girty's Run (the stream that runs behind the library), we had a serious brainstorming session with really inspiring results. The kids had no qualms about throwing out their wildest dream for the backyard space. Swimming pools, tree houses, a fishing pier, a basketball court... They really took the challenge and ran with it.