WINNIPEG — A new space for creators to flourish and further pursue their ideas is up and running at the Millennium Library.
The ideaMILL opened Tuesday on the newly-renovated third floor of the downtown library. It offers access to maker tools and technology to encourage people to create, experiment and collaborate in a self-directed environment.
Imagine a handcrafted container in a public space that encourages the love of reading and helps to build community. Such a thing is possible with the Little Free Library movement.
Culture Days, The Winnipeg Public Library, and StorefrontMB have invited local artists to design a little public library. People can vote for their favourite Little Free Library entry at the Millennium Library which showcases the designs of several local designers and describes more about the movement in their showcase wall.
Little Free Libraries started up in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009. Since then, it has grown as a non-profit organization and over 6,000 have been registered around the world in over 40 countries. For a small fee, registered members receive a plaque with their registration number and a location of their book vessel on the Little Free Library movement’s online worldwide map. The average Little Free Library is about the size of a dollhouse and most are handmade and beautifully detailed.
Winnipeg’s first Little Free Library 273 Mandeville St. just celebrated its first anniversary this past June. Other Little Free Libraries in the city can be found at 3354 Assiniboine Avenue and 503 Gilmore Avenue.
I enjoy architecture inc.’s take on the Little Free Library design, titled Pulp Fiction. The container itself is a simple rectangular cube, or cuboid, made out of an elm tree truck. It allows one to see the books inside through the glass panels surrounding the books on two of the four sides.
I also enjoyed KJ Hildrebrand’s contest entry, Torii Book Library. The ancient Asian structure, the Torii was her inspiration for this piece.
Bios Architecture’s take on the contest is very functional. The plywood structure is not only a library, but operates as a seating space for up to two people. It is also coated with a weatherproofed finish that can face the elements as well as having a sloped design for rain runoff.
The “Peoples’ Choice” for favourite design will be announced on October 31.
I love the idea of being able to take a book, return it, or leave one in its place along with many others who are doing the same. It’s a great addition to any community and helps bring about a feeling of connection.
What is your favourite design of the submissions in this year’s Little Free Library Design Exhibition? Have you ever seen a Little Free Library?
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Eden Ramsay is a Creative Communications student at Red River College. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and majored in graphic design. She loves culture, design in its many forms, and exploring the world around her. Follow her on Twitter:@EdenRamsay.
A forum to discuss the zoning, allocation and sale of public land is planned for tonight.
The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg, For the Love of Winnipeg, The Planners’ Network Manitoba, and Outdoor Urban Recreational Spaces-Winnipeg are hosting the discussion at the Millennium Library to learn more about the process and decisions regarding public land.
“In the last couple of years, Winnipeg city council has been allocating public land and creating public controversy,” the SPC said in a release. “From selling land for a boutique hotel on the Red River to proposals to sell golf courses to trades of land for new fire stations, there have been questions raised about how land is being zoned, allocated or sold.
The public will be able to learn from local experts such as planners, researchers and academics about how the city allocates land. The forum runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Carol Shields Auditorium.
Winnipeg’s Millennium Library has received $150,000 as part of a corporate sponsorship deal.
TD made the donation Thursday to help renovate the library’s “TD New and Noted” area — a new open-concept space that provides patrons with access to the library’s various collections and offers more room for leisure reading.
The donation came through the Sponsor Winnipeg program, which funds city programs and services while providing exposure to the corporate partner with signage and branding. More than $2 million has been raised so far.
The city’s Millennium Library is hosting what it calls a “Human Library” at the end of the month.
From January 24-26, the innovative event will promote dialogue and encourage understanding between people who might not normally meet. In a Human Library, people become the books and are borrowed for conversation by the public for up to half an hour in a safe, fun and welcoming environment.
Pre-reservations are available January 14-23 with a limit of two per person.
The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Millennium Library have teamed up for an interactive lecture series.
Play on Words is a program that will feature artist discussions, library-curated resources, prop and costume displays and playwriting workshops.
“The aim for Play on Words is to help audiences develop a deeper connection to MTC’s work,” said Jennifer Cheslock, the theatre’s outreach manager. “If patrons have background knowledge of a play, it helps them get more out of the story.”
Play on Words begins with a “Gone With the Wind” resource list and an event series in the Carol Shields auditorium. Artist talks are 40 minutes long and start at 12:10 p.m.
January 8 — Niki Landau, playwright of Gone With the Wind, will discuss adapting the novel
January 15 — Bethany Jillard (Scarlett O’Hara) and Tom McCamus (Rhett Butler) will talk about playing their iconic roles
January 22 – Members of MTC’s wardrobe department will share the details of creating the beautiful costumes seen on stage.
A recently-installed piece of artwork situated outside the Millennium Library is receiving international recognition.
emptyful (stylized in lowercase) was created by Vancouver artist Bill Pechet and completed this past summer. The structure stands 35-feet tall and produces watery mist.
The Winnipeg Arts Council has received requests for information from travel and design magazines as far away France (Courrier International), Germany (Studio5555), and Russia (Afisha Mir), and the piece has been highlighted on countless blogs and websites across the world.
The Discovery Channel show “Daily Planet” also recently aired a segment about the work.
“You always hope your work will make an impression, that it will interest people, but this was unexpected,” Pechet said. “emptyful’s not quite a Justin Bieber phenom, but close,” he joked.
While the water and fog have been turned off for the season, the public can still enjoy the piece as it illuminates warm colours at night.