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CCAC offers ‘quiet room’ to the public

  • The Charles City Arts Center now has a room available for rent. The facility’s library room is available for a quiet place to study, write a book, explore your ancestors, or just relax. (Photo submitted.)

  • The Charles City Arts Center now has a room available for rent. The facility’s library room is available for a quiet place to study, write a book, explore your ancestors, or just relax. (Photo submitted.)

  • The Charles City Arts Center now has a room available for rent. The facility’s library room is available for a quiet place to study, write a book, explore your ancestors, or just relax. (Photo submitted.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

For just five bucks, you can get a little peace and quiet for a while.

The Charles City Arts Center’s library room is available for a quiet place to study, write a book, explore your ancestors, or just relax.

“You can shut the door and get your work finished,” said CCAC Director Jacqueline Davidson. “It’s a very quiet, contemplating room.”

Davidson said the CCAC’s library room is now equipped with a computer and a printer, and people will be allowed to use both. The room is free to arts council members and just $5 for non-members.

“It’s a wonderful room, full of beautiful art,” Davidson said. “Sometimes people just need a quiet spot to shut the door and get away. Sometimes they might have very intense studying or work they have to get done.”

The room has a few art supplies so people can go in and sit and sketch, and a library, so a person can just go in there and read.

The CCAC building started its days as a library. Andrew Carnegie built 2,509 libraries in the USA, and another thousand in New Zealand, and the CCAC was a Carnegie Library. The children of Charles City in 1904 raised the money for the CCAC’s stained glass windows.

The CCAC is open from 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and 10-2 p.m. on Saturdays. The building is always open for receptions and small parties.

The building also hosts featured artist displays nine months out of the year and hosts art classes, which will begin in October.

Earlier this summer, the CCAC started hosting poetry evenings, on the second Wednesday of every month, for individuals of all ages to share their own poetry, the poetry of a favorite writer, or any other prose one feels needs to be heard.

Additionally, the CCAC puts on many events throughout the year, including receptions for the featured artists, “Breakfast on the Veranda,” artists from Charles City High School, a holiday art market, and gourmet Valentine’s Day dinners that feature Shakespeare performances by local actors as entertainment.

“This building lends itself to friendliness,” Davidson said.

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