The journey so far…

We are on the brink of being up and running! Equipment has arrived, plans have been made and there are minor tweaks to be made. Getting a grant of this caliber has been fun, exciting, stressful, and everything in between rolled all into one. Luckily, we have a great team, who will hopefully be blogging their experiences as well!

So, how did we get here? Well, the Governor of Rhode Island, Gina Raimondo, announced this initiative in late January. By February, we were workshopping our ideas and applying for phase one. This grant application process (through the Rhode Island Office of Innovation) was unlike any other grant process I’ve done. Instead of having applicants write pages upon pages, they wanted only 200 word answers, which is really difficult to do! Anyhow, by March we had finished phase two and were notified in April of being selected as the dual-winner (Woonsocket Harris Library is the other Studio Rhode host this summer)

Maybe now you’re thinking, what’s been the process? In Westerly, we have decided to focus on the arts. Under the Programs tab, you’ll find a much better description and information. Part of being a Studio Rhode library also means helping other libraries or organizations replicate the process, which is why I’m blogging now, to help give you a sense of the amount of time, supplies needed, and any other new and exciting thing I can think to blog about. We’ve all already learned so many things relating to technology, libraries, and really are starting to rethink the way we think. I know that sounds strange, but it’s a way to re-imagine what we can offer the community (and go in uncharted waters so to speak). We’re looking forward to the journey that continues and hope to see you at the library soon!