This fall, we held a fundraising kick-off party for our new digital media studio, Studio Central, and we’re overwhelmed with the support we saw from this community. Party in the Stacks was a big success, thanks to so many of you. See the photos below.
It was a sold-out event, with more than 300 people in attendance. We had 14 generous sponsors, 12 companies that supported the event with their time, talent and equipment, and the Downtown Kitchener BIA and local restaurants provided the food.
Craig Norris from CBC-KW acted as our incredible MC. Our amazing speakers included keynote speaker Gerry Remers, past president of Christie Digital. Steven Woods from Google, City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, and Hive Waterloo Region founder Stephanie Rozek.
Performers included the band Run Coyote, magician Scott Hammell, and dancers from Star Performance Academy.
Our volunteers and staff helped the event run smoothly: Karrie Zettler, Veronica Naas, Pam Gruetzmacher, Kim Cluthe, Elaine Tustin-Smith, Sara Faulhafer, Nancy Duncan, Claudia Naas, Sherry Erb, Shelley Zettler, Brandon Abram, Kristin Johnson-Perlock, Robyn Zondervan, Meg Harder, Laura Reed, Janice Colussi,Berkeley Wall, and Jim Tomeo.
To all of you, we can’t thank you enough. Your support and enthusiasm for Studio Central , and will mean so much in this community as we all work together to provide opportunities for digital literacy to everyone. The transformation has already begun, with the installation of a virtual reality system.
Stay tuned as Studio Central continues to develop. We can’t wait to see what you create, record, edit, and share with the world!
Is it time to open the doors?
MC Craig Norris and KPL’s Dale Dyce
Keynote speaker Gerry Remers
3D printing by Inksmith
Great food from B @TheMuseum
Bryn Ossington and Andre Furlong
With love from the DTK BIA: Christine, Stef, Lori, Breanna, and Bethany
Edwin Outwater, music director of the KW Symphony
MC Craig Norris and guests
KPL staff Chris Schnarr and Megan Clare
Matt Hortobagyi of Astrodog Media and Andrea Bellemare of CBC-KW
Police chief Bryan Larkin and a guest
Great food from Grand Trunk Saloon
Descendants happy bar staff!
The crowd explores lots of fun digital activities in the atrium
Jessica Armstrong and Ellen Gao
Great food from Gilt
Architect David Warne and KPL staff Penny-Lynn Fielding
Police chief Bryan Larkin and his 3D-printed doppelganger
KPL staffer Caitlin Laycox with Mark Feenstra
Former mayor Carl Zehr
Action! David Yoon tries out virtual reality
Time for another drink
Kayleigh Platz of Communitech and writer Donna Litt
Keehan Teixeira and Sam Jamal
Liana Kreamer and artist Meg Harder
Joe Pavia, Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Trudy Pavia, and Craig Norris
KPL board member Jessica Kropf and guests
Jeanie MacFarlane and Stephen Brunt
Performance by New Vibes Jazz Quintet
Loretta Notten, John Shewchuk, and Shelley Wood of WCDSB
Linda Jutzi, executive director of the DTK BIA, with Peter Scharman (L) and Merv Schwantz (R)
Sponsors Library Services Centre and their guests: green screen fun
Cynthia McConnell and Jude Doble
Karen Schulman Dupuis, Stephanie Rozek, and KPL CEO Mary Chevreau
KPL CEO Mary Chevreau with journalist and library volunteer Joe Pavia
Michael Monahan, CEO of sponsor Library Services Centre, with KPL staff member Maureen Plomske
Great food from Rhapsody Barrel Bar
Having drinks in the lounge
EBSCO’s Neil Block with KPL CEO Mary Chevreau and keynote speaker Gerry Remers
Guest librarian and Hive Waterloo Region founder Stephanie Rozek
Board member Stephanie Soulis with Harold Soulis
CBC-KW columnist Tenille Bonoguore with Alex Kinsella and Anthony Reinhart of Communitech
Author Tasneem Jamal and Craig Daniels of Communitech
Speaker Steven Woods, Google Senior Engineering Director
Rock ‘n’ roll library: a great performance by Run Coyote
Magician Scott Hammell has everyone flummoxed
Mike Farwell of 106.7 and Rangers fame, Chief Bryan Larkin, and Paul Scott of Conestoga College
Volunteer Nancy Duncan
Great food from TWH Social
Taking a virtual reality walk through our plans for Studio Central
Are we having fun yet?
Gotta tweet about this awesome party…
READ: making out-of-this-world postcards using a green screen