"CCPL's partnership support has included materials, curriculum and most of all leadership to train our volunteers and children in the STEM program. The Virtual Reality Program still has our members fascinated! If we were not able to participate in the library's programming, our elementary school age children would not have a STEM program."
— Bonnae Meshulam, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club of Westminster
Exploration Commons at 50 East will offer a commercial-grade demonstration kitchen. The kitchen will be used by staff, presenters, chefs and instructors to teach nutrition, cooking skills, and the science of food. A well-known cookbook author may be cooking their signature dish one day, and a local farmer and chef may be presenting about local ingredients the next.
The kitchen may include most of the following commercial-grade equipment: cooktop, ovens, temporary-use refrigerator and freezer, griddle, fryer, microwave, broiler and dishwasher. Countertop equipment will include: mixers, slicers, grinders, and food processors. The kitchen will also provide all pots, pans, cooking utensils, cutting boards, plates, silverware, etc.
In addition to programming, the kitchen will also be available to rent by the community if they need more space than their home kitchen allows or if they need to use a specific piece of equipment. Children ages 8 – 15 may work in the kitchen with adult supervision. Persons aged 16 and older may have full access to the kitchen. All users must complete an orientation course.
The entire space will be open and staffed during CCPL's regular library hours. In addition to CCPL staff, we will be working with outside presenters from various industries, professors from McDaniel and Carroll Community College, Carroll County Public Schools faculty, and local interns and volunteers. Our community has much to offer and we will require their expertise and support to make Exploration Commons at 50 East a success.
There will be a formal community input process during the design phase of the project, but feel free to contact us at any time with your suggestions or questions about the Professional Teaching Kitchen.