Sunday, December 10, 2023

Just a spoonful of fun: Williamsburg Regional Library launches new community art project

Community decorated spoons and utensils at the Williamsburg Regional Library Spoonville. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Williamsburg Regional Library)

The Williamsburg Regional Library launched a new community art project this week.

It’s called Spoonville.

This whimsical art project features hand-decorated spoons and other utensils made by community members. These quirky spoons are then donated for display.

There are two Spoonville displays, each at the Williamsburg and James City County libraries.

“Spoonville is a fun way to promote the values of creativity, diversity, and inclusion — all things we’re big supporters of here at the library,” WRL Assistant Director Sandy Towers said in a news release from the library. “We hope to get lots of people of all ages to participate so we can create two WRL Spoonville sites that are as vibrant as our real-life community is.”

To participate, community members can go to the service desks at either location to pick up a free utensil. The options include utensils of various sizes all made from biodegradable wood. These utensils can then be taken home and decorated as desired.

There is a limit one utensil per person, and decorating supplies are not included.

The goal of the project is to “to create a utensil utopia that is as creative and diverse as our own community aspires to be,” according to the news release.

There is also a chance to win a local business gift card for those with a competitive streak. Spoon artisans can enter the weekly drawing by taking a picture of their decorated utensil and posting it to the WRL Facebook page or their own personal social media page with the hashtag #wrlspoonville. Drawings will occur on Nov. 16, 23, and 30.

The WRL Spoonville sites will remain on display outside of the library through the end of November, weather permitting.

Participants can pick up their fancy utensils at the end of the display period, Dec. 1-7.


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