This project is a partnership between the Miami-Dade
Public Library System and the City of Miami Parks Department to create a
shared connection and outdoor gathering area between two neighboring
community learning and recreational assets, Athalie Range Park (525 N.W.
62 ST) and the Edison Center Branch Library (531 NW 62 ST), that are
currently separated by a wall and fence. The connection of these two
assets would eliminate physical barriers between the learning resources
and services provided by each organization, and, further, by renovating
and opening up the outdoor patio at the Edison Library, a new gathering
and learning commons area would be created for shared informational,
educational, recreational, and cultural programming events and
activities as well as community engagement.
How does this project advance the library field?
21st Century libraries aim to create unique partnerships
and reach users beyond the physical walls of the library itself. While
parks and libraries individually serve as community anchors,
establishing shared physical spaces and gathering areas, establishing
new routes for the provision of library and parks services and
activities, teaching children and teens how to use and benefit from the
library's many resources, and combining the core competencies of library
and parks professionals in educating and engaging children and teens
would serve as a model, not only for parks and libraries throughout the
country, but would also serve as a model for many other locations
throughout Miami-Dade County where parks and libraries co-exist.
Who is the audience and what are their information needs?
The audience for this proposal is primarily targeted at
children and teens within the disadvantaged Liberty City neighborhood
whose needs include: ∙ Improved access to after-school recreational and learning activities; ∙ Improved access to information and technology training from parks and library staff via computers, internet, and Wi-Fi access available at both locations; ∙ Expanded opportunities for reading, tutoring, and homework assistance; ∙ Improved access to printed and electronic materials for educational, informational, and recreational purposes; ∙ An established safe and inviting location for peers to gather and enjoy community events, activities, or just hang out. While
primarily targeted at children and teens, the use of the improved space
would be available to all library and park patrons, with additional
programming, such as cultural events and themed activities, being
tailored for adult and senior patrons.
Please list your team members and their qualifications.
Ray Baker- Assistant Director, Miami-Dade Public Library System Kevin Kirwin- Director, City of Miami Parks Department Kimberly Matthews, Assistant Director, Miami-Dade Public Library System Jemmy Pierre-Louis, Edison Library Branch Manager, Miami-Dade Public Library System Edda Rodriguez - Comm. Engagement & Programming Librarian, Miami-Dade Public Library System
Organization name and location (City, State).
Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami, Florida City of Miami Parks Department, Miami, Florida