The Exchange: Connecting People and Ideas

Posted on June 11, 2021

by Jennifer Bissonnette

The Exchange at 807 Indiana Avenue is almost ready for you! This summer the new facility will open to the community, inviting all to learn and grow new skills. You may have heard that the building will provide meeting space, recording studios, lathes, sewing machines, and much more. Are you asking yourself “why create this space?” and “what can I do there?” We are glad you asked!

At their heart, libraries are community spaces. The purpose of a library is to serve all members of the community and provide the resources, services, and information they want or need. This goes beyond books, movies, and magazines! Libraries provide experiences and access — they are places for collaboration, discussion, creativity, and discovery. The Exchange is a place for everyone to learn, explore, and create with equipment and programs that may be difficult for them to access outside of the library.

At the Exchange you can sharpen your skills, practice a hobby, learn a new skill, prototype a design, talk to clients, or record a marketing video for your new business all without the personal cost of buying specialized machinery or technology. LPCPL librarians and volunteers will lead classes, answer questions, or troubleshoot issues with you. You can build skills through new experiences and informal learning in a welcoming environment!

We hope to see you at the Exchange when it opens in the summer of 2021. Watch the LPCPL website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates as they happen. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer Bissonnette

Jennifer enjoys reading, writing to-do lists, and giving both of her dogs belly rubs. She has a weak spot for tasty sweets and is on a mission to find Northwest Indiana’s best cinnamon roll. She often over analyzes things but tries to use that to her advantage in her work at the library.
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