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    The wonders of Cleveland Public Library…in a box

    8/15/2012 12:05:52 PM

    Spending a Saturday in the Ohio City neighborhood just got more fun with the arrival of the BookBox, a mobile unit that brings the joys of the Cleveland Public Library to Market Square Park, a newly revitalized public space across the street from the historic West Side Market. Open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the BookBox provides community patrons with reading materials, access to electronic books, and programming in the park.

    The BookBox was derived from the concept of a ShopBox. A ShopBox hosts temporary commercial or recreational activities in public locations. Its size and modular structure allow for various uses and easy transportation. An architect from Chile, Christian Schmitt, spent six months in Cleveland developing the concept. The design of the BookBox makes it easily recognizable and inviting to peripatetic passers-by, who can check out books, including favorite topics such as food, cooking, gardening, art, and urban agriculture.  While patrons throughout the City can still visit their local CPL library, the BookBox offers a unique and accessible experience within bustling centers of activity.

    The Creative Fusion grant was the result of efforts by Cleveland TM (Cleveland Teach + Make), comprised of Playhouse Square, Downtown Cleveland Alliance, the Kent State University Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, and LAND studio. Cleveland TM’s goal is to bridge diverse cultures, expand the collective imagination, and promote global perspectives in the local community through the lens of design. Sponsors of this project include The Cleveland Foundation, Charter One Bank, Cleveland Public Library, and Cleveland TM.