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The Create Space at the Madison Public Library is focusing on the creators in the community. Our creators are artists, crafters, and small business owners. These creators may identify with more than one of these three labels simultaneously. We have a vibrant craft community who already call the library home as well as a vibrant art community via our partnerships with Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and the Madison Local Schools. Our goals are to cater to these groups: providing tools and materials that cannot be found elsewhere in the local community; leveraging economies of scale allowing expensive items to be owned and used by the larger community via the library; further growing the supportive, collaborative environment of creators that use the library as a gathering place.

This Create Space will also allow patrons transform their lives at the library through exploring their creative passions for personal enjoyment or to create items to sell outside the library. Other similar spaces in libraries have become havens to the Etsy and craft show vendor communities and ours will not be any different. In an economy where many people are looking for jobs, the library’s create space is a unique opportunity for the unemployed or under employed to create a viable source of income with equipment that they could not purchase on their own. A vibrant local economy is not only good for the library it is essential for the future of the library in uncertain economic times.

This project is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Click here to view the general guidelines to use the CreateSpace@MPL.

Click here to view the current costs to use the CreateSpace@MPL.

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