Creative Thursdays at the Walnut Creek Library

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A California State Library LSTA grant program intended to facilitate easy duplication of successful projects



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Description: Because parents enthusiastically participated in craft projects during children's programming at the library, the Walnut Creek Library branch of Contra Costa County Library (CCCL) developed Creative Thursdays to provide adults a free, hands-on, creative outlet by exposing them to the many creative opportunities the library, city, and community partners had to offer. The program series alternated between a librarian-led, drop-in, textile-oriented makerspace and more formally instructed programs led by talented, local artists and instructors. Programming enabled participants to harness their creativity in watercolor, bookmaking, jewelry-making, sewing, knitting, and book-making, among others.

Purpose: To encourage lifelong learning and creative inspiration in community members by providing a program series that encourages collaboration, creativity, and community, all the while establishing strong contacts between the library and city and community business partners.

Target Audience: Adults seeking creative experiences, learning opportunities, and connection with the library and other community members. Creative Thursdays participants ranged in age from 20 to 80, low- to high-income, and novices to experts.

Expected Outcomes: Studies indicate that nurturing creativity in adults reduces stress, enhances the immune system, and increases joy. Participants will report an increased likelihood in participating in arts and culture events, an increased sense of community, and a stronger connection to the library. Participants will learn new skills and be more likely to pursue creative activities as a result of participating.

Partners: This program requires development of strong relationships with local civic arts organizations, galleries, and businesses. They will be instrumental in helping to select instructors who will be paid to lead programs. The relationship benefits these organizations as the library promotes partners' events and classes to the community.

Expenses:

  • Compensation for contracted instructors
  • Art, sewing, kitting supplies
  • Storage bins
  • Related books for the collection
  • 2 sewing machines and a serger
  • marketing materials

See original application for more detail and in-kind staff estimates.

Implementation: