WaterWalk fundraiser for Cranston Public Library

WaterWalk Fundraiser Invites Cranston Community Members to "Make Their Mark" on the Library

This month, the Cranston Public Library (CPL) will hold its first WaterWalk fundraiser, a project that seeks to brighten rainy days by transforming library entryways. The event will raise money for the Cranston Public Library Association, CPL's nonprofit fundraising arm. The Association sponsors a number of library services, including the annual summer reading program.

Much like the more traditional "buy-a-brick" fundraisers, any interested community member is invited to purchase a walkway square at the Central Library, Auburn Branch, or Oak Lawn Branch. Participants will select one of three library-themed images and create a short, customized message for their squares. The designs will be applied to walkway squares using stencils and a superhydrophobic (water repellent) solution.  

On sunny days, all images will remain invisible. On rainy days, the images will appear, revealing the “WaterWalks.”

"We wanted to give the community the opportunity to make the library their own," explained CPL's Community Engagement Manager, Katy Dorchies. "All of our participants will be able to express their unique interests and their relationships with the library, all the while contributing to a final product that will be enjoyed by all library users." 

Participants can choose from images of an open book ("Welcoming Pages"), a set of mechanical gears ("Turning Gears"), or the CPL logo's digitizing book ("Yesterday & Tomorrow") for their squares. The choices reflect one’s love of reading, interest in technology, and support for libraries. Personal messages are limited to 10 characters per square—a length ideally suited for names or short phrases.

Squares are available for $25 each. All orders should be placed by September 19. Order forms and details are available on the Cranston Public Library website at: cranstonlibrary.org/waterwalk-fundraiser.
WaterWalks will appear by the beginning of October. Images are expected to remain visible for 6-12 months. 

(release from Cranston Public Library)