IDEA STUDIO – community, creativity, collaboration!
One of my favorite places in Fond du Lac is the Idea Studio at the Public Library. My daughter and I go there at least once a week. It’s our place to work on the computer, make a mandala stone, record a song, take a class, or make some art.
The Idea Studio is located in the basement of the library and it’s a place where people come together to learn, create, and collaborate. The space has work tables, computers, 3-D printers, sewing machines, a digital recording studio, little bots, Legos, Play-doh, button maker, and other equipment.
In addition to the fabulous equipment, they have a wide variety of classes. I’ve taken an alcohol ink art class, a zine class, and a food class. This past year they did Breads of the World, which was very successful. They had waiting lists for each monthly class (they had a different bread each month, taught by a local community member). We were fortunate to make it into the Indian bread class, and loved that we were able to learn something new, while also meeting new folks. And, the bread was phenomenal!
Most of the classes I’ve seen advertised are free, or there’s a nominal charge for some materials. Classes and equipment use are based on age and some equipment requires training (they call it badging).
The best part of the Idea Studio would be the staff members that work there. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and generous. We see many people we know, but we’ve also met many new people. Idea Studio is all about community, bringing family, high school students, retired individuals – everyone comes to the Idea Studio and is welcome!