Park City Library invites public to its Cafe Night
All forms of artistic expression encouraged
Kate Mapp and Katrina Kmak want people to think of the Park City Library as a second home.
“We’ve been striving to present ourselves as the community’s living room,” said Kmak, the youth services librarian. “We wanted to make a comfortable and safe place for patrons to come and spend time with us.”
To do that, the two created Cafe Open Mic Night that is held from 7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.
“We have this really great space in the front of the library where we have the coffee shop,” Adult Services Librarian Mapp said. “That space doesn’t get used much after hours, so we thought we could get people to come hang out, play music, read poetry, do some improv, play board games and be together in a cafe setting and not disturb our other patrons in the library who are trying to do other quieter projects.”
Any expressive form of art is encouraged and welcome, and free snacks, coffee — including decaf — and teas are served.
“Many people may not think of a library as a coffee shop, but we want to show that the library can be that,” Kmak said. “I think once people do come to the cafe night they will see that we do offer other things and programs than just books and magazines.”
“Part of this is having people come to study or read the newspaper and also have fun with each other and create a community,” Mapp added. “This is what coffee shops are doing at night, but we want an all-inclusive feeling.”
Cafe Open Mic Night started as a weekly Teen Open Mic Night.
“We originally wanted to get teens into the library,” Kmak said. “Now, we have teens who come in quite often to use our study rooms and the technology in our YouCreate Labs, which is awesome. So, we decided to open the night to all ages and include families.”
“This library is unique because we are open rather late,” Mapp said. “So, it’s neat to draw people in who have just eaten dinner and are looking for something to do.”
During the warmer nights, Kmak and Mapp will open the glass patio doors that face the library field.
“That’s such a wonderful space and we want to make an indoor-outdoor experience,” Kmak said. “We are currently collecting ‘chuck-its’ for dogs and games to play outside that people can check out.”
As of now, the library has many board games that people can check out during these sessions.
“We still are open to donations,” Kmak said. “If we can’t use something, we will give it to the Friends of the Park City Library and they will sell it at their book sale or donate things to Little Free Libraries around the community.”
The Friends of the Park City Library is a nonprofit that raises funds for the Park City Library, and Little Free Libraries are neighborhood book boxes that are part of the Little Free Library nonprofit. The public can take a book or leave a book for free at these installations.
“Some of the items will also be donated to Peace House, the Park City Ice Arena, PC MARC and the Park City Senior Center,” Kmak said. “The other night we got some suggestions for board games that we will go and purchase.”
The next Cafe Open Mic Night will be from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, at the Park City Library, 1255 Park Ave. People are encouraged to play music, recite poetry, do some improv or more during this family-friendly hour. For information, visit parkcitylibrary.org/calendar.
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