Pinney Library Update
Sarah Lawton, Neighborhood Library Supervisor
April 4th marked the official groundbreaking for the site that will house the new Pinney Library at Royster Corners. Over the past six months, much progress has been made on the design for the new library, with library staff working with OPN Architects to meet the goals and vision of our eastside community. We are thrilled to see the library taking shape, with lots of spaces for community events, group collaboration, reading, reflection, study, and connecting with the wider world through technology. The new library will be a place for community members of all ages and backgrounds to learn, share and create.
We’re especially excited about the opportunities that youth and families will have to develop literacy skills through interactive play. The new space will foster creativity, imagination, problem-solving and reflection while helping young children feel rooted in community. We’re excited to have ample space to promote interaction between children and their caregivers, while maintaining other areas of the library for those who seek to engage in activities that require more individualized concentration.
The new library will feature a large community room that accommodates a seated audience of 100 people and can be subdivided into two smaller program rooms, a separate program room for storytime and other youth activities, five private study rooms, a reading room, and a space for community-based arts activities that we are calling the Studio. In addition to the early literacy areas, there will be dedicated space for school-age kids to read, study and participate in activities that build skills and foster creativity. Updated plans for the new library will be presented at the upcoming Annual Meeting for the Friends of Pinney Library on Thursday, May 3 rd from 6:30-7:15 pm.
In addition to the excitement about the new library, Pinney is also looking forward to a fun summer of engaging events and connecting people in our community. Starting May 19 th , we’ll be hosting a three-month series of workshops with neighbor and artist, Eric Adjetey Anang. Eric is a Ghanaian sculptor and fantasy coffin carpenter. He was born in Teshie, Ghana, where he lived and ran the Kane Kwei Carpentry Workshop building custom coffins, a family tradition started by this grandfather. During his time in Madison as the Bubbler artist-in- residence, Eric will be interacting with the public through hosting workshops on woodworking with hand tools, while creating his next life-size wooden coffin in the library.
Pinney is also partnering with the newly formed Southeast Community Network, a group of social service providers who are coordinating their work to better serve eastside communities, and our eastside MPD neighborhood resource officers to host a monthly Community Coffee. Please stop by Pinney on the second Tuesday of the month between 10-11 am for coffee and conversation with neighbors and people who work to make the eastside a healthy place to live.
Also, in addition to our longstanding Tuesday evening book group (4 th Tuesday, 7-8 pm), we have a new afternoon book group for adults starting up the spring! The group meets from 2:30-3:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. New participants are always welcome!