Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung Visit C-Lab

The new C-Lab at Cranston Public Library is the location of ALL Access services. It was an honor to host Congressman Jim Langevin and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung yesterday.

Congressman Langevin posted on Facebook:

When is the last time you visited your local library? Our libraries are essential centers of our communities and they do so much more than improve literacy and increase access to books, newspapers and other resources – although those are very important goals. I visited the Cranston Public Library’s central branch yesterday and was blown away by the work they’re doing, especially in the C Lab. The C Lab, which prioritizes accessibility for all users, features some state-of-the-art technology, including 3D printing. Users gain valuable experience with technology that is very important in advanced manufacturing and other high-growth industries. Like their partners across the state, Cranston Library offers educational programming, resume help, online job searches and one-on-one support for the unemployed or people looking to improve their lives in one way or another. I’m so grateful that we have a vibrant library network in Rhode Island, and I encourage you to visit your local branch and find out what opportunities are there for you.

Cranston Public Library captured these pictures of the visit.

In the group picture below, from left to right are Stefanie Metko, CPL; Karisa Tashjian, RIFLI and ALL Access Program Lead; Karen Mellor, Chief of RI Office of Library Services; Jack Martin, Executive Director, PPL; Dr. Elizabeth Dalton, TechAccess RI; Ed Garcia, Executive Director, Cranston Public Library; Mayor Allan Fung, City of Cranston; and Congressman Jim Langevin, RI 2nd District.

The Group


Dr. Dalton demonstrating the ALL Access Exploration Station.Exploration Station Demonstration

Many great ideas were exchanged.Discussion

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant LG-07-13-0318-13