"MAGIC is proud to work with our partner CCPL in bringing to fruition the visionary plan for the Exploration Commons at 50 East makerspace in the Westminster Branch. This will be another fantastic addition to the burgeoning technology ecosystem here in Carroll County fostering innovation and entrepreneurial growth."
— Dr. Robert Wack, President, MAGIC
Welcome to Exploration Commons at 50 East! Carroll County Public Library is transforming the 14,000 sf lower level of the Westminster Branch into an interactive community space offering a tech-focused Makerspace, Professional Teaching Kitchen, and multiple collaborative workspaces. Exploration Commons at 50 East is an extension of the library as well as a unique destination offering access to the latest technologies, tools, and resources. Opening in June 2020.
The makerspace is where we will provide hands-on access to equipment, resources, and instruction for people to explore their interests and bring their ideas to life. Makerspaces are community-based workshops that allow anyone to design, prototype, and manufacture items using tools that are often inaccessible due to cost or space.
The Professional Teaching Kitchen is where we will offer programs focusing on fundamental cooking skills, nutrition, and an introduction to new cuisines. Culinary programs provide an opportunity to build life skills and create a culture of health and wellness through the joy of cooking.
Exploration Commons at 50 East will provide meeting and collaboration spaces for library and community programs, as well as for individual or group public use. There are two small meeting rooms seating up to 10 people each, a classroom seating 20 people, and a large meeting room with seating for over 150 people. All meeting spaces will be equipped with the latest audio/visual equipment.
The following is the estimated timeline for the project and is subject to change.
May 2018 - Manns Woodward Studios hired
May 2018 - April 2019 - Design
June - September 2018 - Focus group meetings
June - July 2019 - Hire construction firm
September 2019 - July 2020 - Construction
July – September 2020 - Furnishing and stocking
September 2020 - Grand Opening
Manns Woodward Studios is a Maryland-based architectural design firm with expertise in public safety and community oriented architecture in Carroll County and around the State of MD. They are dedicated to providing exceptional service and carefully tailored design solutions that meet the specific needs of their clients and their community. For more information, visit their website.
We have completed 85% of the design phase and have preliminary floorplans (PDF) that are very close to being completed.
Significant funding provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program - Maryland State Library, County Commissioners for Carroll County, and private donors.