Helping Libraries Deliver Great Outdoor Programs in Spaces that Connect Communities

The Clinton Macomb Public Library is the latest in a long line of modern public libraries writing new chapters and getting creative through expanding their outside programs into great outdoor spaces. Wanting patrons to enjoy the benefits of the great outdoors while accessing library amenities, the library's leadership team placed considerable value on intergenerational and collaborative learning. It opened its al-fresco music garden in a prime position, right outside the main entrance of their brand new building, to create a “spark of joy at arriving and upon leaving.”

Our Case Studies page shows an ever-increasing number of public libraries utilising their greatest asset - outdoor space. Even before the pandemic, library grounds were trending, with spaces for outdoor programming being leveraged and improved to expand library services, sustain patron wellbeing, and attract new visitors.

Increasingly, discovering new experiences is at the heart of what libraries are about, bringing both people and places to life. Taking programs outdoors helps reimagine the trusted space of the library as a place to discover something new – such as art, culture, and, of course, music.

Modern libraries have more to offer their customers than ever before with an even more critical function - serving as enriching centers that encourage literacy, research, learning, and community involvement on a broad scale. Many have become vibrant community hubs that offer free activities where people can try something new and develop their skills or artistic talents.

An accessible music garden or courtyard will ensure the fullest use of the usable space with resources open to the greatest number of people during and between organized programs. Fresh air initiatives such as making music on real musical instruments in the great outdoors will guarantee participants fellowship and friendship in a safe and healthy way.

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