The Learning Lab hosts a wide array of Library enrichment programs for youth and adults. Depending on the time of day, the space might act as an extension of our Studio 775 Mini-Makerspace, be a space for GED and ESL classes from community partners like the Learning Source, and then in the afternoons and weekends becomes a safe place for teens to socialize and game. Because hey, today’s gamer could be tomorrow’s inventor. The Learning Lab is a versatile space focusing on ways to support and enrich the lives of all ages in the Lafayette community.
Gaea Shaw was one of many incredible staff members here at the Lafayette Public Library that have helped lead the way in providing enrichment support for Lafayette students. Lafayette Public Library has been offering enrichment services, such as tutoring and homework help, since its founding in 1924. It was in the Spring of 2000 that the Library first started an official homework support program with the help of AmeriCorps volunteers and staff. Later that same year, Gaea Shaw was hired to help facilitate the program, and she did so for 13 fantastic years.
Since then we have seen the program take on many names, such as Tutoring Center, Homework Center, and now Learning Lab. The spirit of the original enrichment program facilitated by Gaea Shaw still lives on today and it was her guidance and commitment to the first homework support program that continues to impact the lives of many children, adults, and families here in Lafayette.