This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The introduction of a “Maker Space” at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created. Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital …
R The Joe & Joan Martin Center in Charlotte, NC, got the most mention alongside phrases such as "excellent programs and environments for kids." This colorful, 102,000-square-foot facility opened in 2005 to serve area youth of all ages.
Since ImaginOn is a partnership between the Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklengburg Library, both the programming and the facility itself instill appreciation for drama and literature. When entering the facility, children marvel at the central StoryLab area, an interactive exhibit space featuring a three-story sculpture called the Story Jar. Surrounding the Story Jar is Stage Play, which consists of several installations allowing kids to explore different aspects of theater.
What kind of library brings in secret agents and jam bands to get kids excited about learning? Try the Hardesty Regional Library in Tulsa, OK. The library includes a 420-seat, nautical-themed theater area called Connor's Cove where performers encourage audience members to discover the joy of reading.
"Connor's Cove is hands down the best performance venue for children in the state," says Monty Harper, a children's songwriter. "It's just the right size, large enough to seat a good crowd, but small enough to feel intimate. The design is perfect.
Located in El Paso, TX's downtown area, the El Paso Public Library reaches approximately 5,100 children each week through standard services, online resources and special activities while serving a diverse group that includes new immigrant populations, thanks to its proximity to Mexico.
Residents can participate in weekly activities such as Family Crafts Wednesday and Family Game Fridays, as well as seasonal and themed events like Dia del los Ninos/Dia de los Libros, a yearly literacy festival.
El Paso Public Library offers a Ready to Read program designed to help prepare children to read before beginning school, as well as Young Explorer Learning Centers that include computers preloaded with developmental software. The library's summer reading program typically attracts approximately 15,000 children.
A whimsical entrance featuring oversized books and a story tree beckon kids to come inside the children's area at the Brentwood Library in Brentwood, TN. Children are greeted by a talking owl, which is operated by a motion sensor and adds to the library's playful atmosphere.
The Brentwood Library stays especially busy during the warm weather months with its popular summer reading program. School may not be in session that time of year, but young minds can still stay stimulated here with programs featuring musicians, magicians, puppeteers, live animals and more. In addition, the Brentwood Library offers four preschool story time sessions and one family session, plus an after school program for kids in Kindergarten through second grade that includes reading, games, crafts and snacks.
Reading to dogs and reading outdoors are encouraged at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Cincinnati, OH. Those are just some of the ways librarians here get children to engage with literacy programs.
The library's Children's Learning Center presents a comfortable and entertaining atmosphere for families. It features child-sized tables and chairs, a saltwater aquarium and multiple rooms for programs. Doors in the back of the space lead to a 9,200-square-foot children's garden. It's a great spot for warm weather events, picnic lunches and quiet reading.
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The web and new technologies are changing the way in which scholarship and local history are created and shared. Libraries have always been trusted providers of information services and are now uniquely positioned to extend that role by digitizing and publishing their assets. Built with this in mind, BiblioBoard provides the perfect platform for a smooth transition.
Bookshops are closing down like nobody’s business. So do they need rethinking for the electronic age? Rosanna de Lisle asks four firms of architects and designers to create the bookshop of their dreams
With more people doing their reading on electronic devices these days, the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is keeping up with the times. “One of our big projects is, we’re going to be lending Kindles,” said Library Director Jenifer May, speaking about the popular e-book reader from Amazon. “We’ve got them ready. They already have books on them.” Twelve Kindles will be available in the reference library. Each will have about 15 books on it, organized by genre. “We have a m...
Literary Lots is back! Last year, we showcased the first year of this Cleveland-based program, which re-purposes abandoned spaces in order to bring art and literacy programs to the city’s kids in partnership with the Cleveland Public Library. Today, we get the scoop on what went into designing this year’s lot from staff artist, Julia Kuo.
Garden City Library getting new amenities The Idaho Statesman Treasure Valley residents with library cards from a number of local libraries, including Ada Community, Boise, Caldwell, Eagle, Meridian and Nampa, may check out items from the Garden...
Whenever a great idea forms in our head, we look for a place to put it. Is it something useful, that we can turn into a product, add to a document, tell to our friends, include in a presentation, or attach with magnets to the front of our refrigerator?
Ideas, much like parasites, need a host. If we don’t manage to gaff them before we slip into our next stream of consciousness, they will be forever lost. Without a host, these squirming little idea-fish will have a very limited shelf life.
When word came that poet Éireann Lorsung had been named writer in residence at the Little Free Library on Lake Street, it was hard not to wonder: How will she ever fit? The library — a wooden box a little bigger than a packing crate, with a red-framed glass door — stands on a post outside the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe at the corner of E.Lake Street and 39th Avenue S. in Minneapolis. It holds about a dozen volumes of poetry, there for the taking, or the borrowing. It doesn’t have room for an actual poet.
So where is Lorsung? Ah, over there, just inside the coffee shop, by the front door. Her notebooks and pencils and watercolors and a couple of books of poetry are spread out on the table in front of her.
The children's area at the Vancouver Community Library in Vancouver, WA, is a sensory treat that draws as many as 12,000 visitors each week. Librarians have reported seeing children hop, run and pull their parents into this magical place.
Opened in July 2011, this approximately $35 million, five-story library features a 12,000-square-foot children's floor, and even getting there is fun. Visitors travel through a 200-foot long, four-story atrium with unique architectural details. Bright colored lights are scattered throughout the flooring of the entire children's area.
One of the many highlights here is the Early Learning Center, which is the largest library-based ELC in the country.
If your child suddenly disappears in Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City, IA, chances are they've camped out in the Book Nook. Created almost entirely out of hundreds of children's books, the nook is cozy, colorful and the perfect place to curl up with a good read. The library's Children's Room also features art that changes seasonally as well as multicolored walls.
In 2011, Iowa City Public Library made its summer reading program shine even brighter by bringing in local celebrity Dan Wardell, who hosts Iowa Public Television's Kids Clubhouse. Visiting the library as part of his Summer Reading Road Trip, Wardell hosted two story time events.
If you see tweens roaming the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne, WY, after it's closed don't be alarmed. The after-hours program, where preteens are given full access to the library, is just one of many programs designed to get kids involved and engaged in reading.
Bike racks outside the library fill up pretty quick. An average of 3,500 children visit here each week. With so many kids coming in, the Library Café started offering items like smoothies, half sandwiches and snack packs. Colored carpet tiles lead to the second floor, which is entirely dedicated to children. The space includes story time areas, computer stations, an area for board games, an oversized chess board that features pieces bigger than some of the kids, and other learning experiences. Children ages 12 and older can be library volunteers and assist in various activities. The library also has a Teen Advisory Board that makes decisions about programs offered to their peers.
When entering the central branch of the Birmingham Public Library inBirmingham, AL, kids are in awe of the facility's expansive atrium that includes walls of windows, indoor plant life and a sky-high ceiling. The wide-eyed stares don't stop there. After climbing to the library's second floor to enter the Youth Department, kids can take in rows of colorful books, an array of sea creatures and plant life hanging from the ceiling, with stuffed animals and painted pillars rounding out the experience. But where the library really shines is the fantastic programs that captivate kids.
SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together to expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.
Not surprisingly, the library industry continues to digest and debate the potential impact from the launch of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited (KU) ebook subscription service. It is big news, but KU is not a new concept. Indeed, the concept was established by other similar services such as Oyster and Scribd, and over time will likely include new larger entrants such as Apple or Google. But Amazon’s entrance raises both the stakes and the ire, as few companies such as Amazon have both access to immense capital and the willingness to lose money for an extended period of time in the name of growing market share and expanding its ecosystem. As such, there has been great furor over a recent Forbes article entitled Close the Libraries and Buy Everyone an Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscription, which, while controversial and perhaps even intentionally inflammatory, highlights the likely ongoing debate as to what such services mean for the role and relevance of libraries in the digital age.
Excerpted from The Library Beyond the Book by Jeffrey T. Schnapp and Matthew Battles, out now from Harvard University Press. The Accumulibrary is an institutional fiction as of yet untested and untried, but plausible. It melds the database and the physical world. The Accumulibrary is both dumb and smart: “Dumb because it’s based on the willy-nilly heaping together of resources—so-called “chaotic storage”; “smart” because it’s built around the capabilities of an omniscient database that monitors locations and items within its otherwise mobile confines and renders them at once intelligible and accessible. ”...
The Edmonton Public Library is hitting the streets to bring exciting library programs and the latest technology to Edmontonians.
The first in a series of four literacy vans, epl2go will visit new neighbourhoods and underserved communities in Edmonton, creating a pop up library space for learning, discovering and creating.
“We don’t want location or transportation to be a barrier for any Edmontonian when it comes to using the library,” said Linda Cook, CEO of EPL. “This is a library on wheels for citizens without easy access to our buildings or website. pl2go features a full suite of services, including puppet shows and family storytimes, as well as digital fun with iPads, robotics, gaming and more. The van will appear everywhere from schools, parks and senior centres to hospitals, community leagues and more. There is even an opportunity to suggest an event or organization for epl2go to visit.
The maker movement is alive and well in Vermont, and like the rest of the nation, public libraries are an important player in providing opportunities to engage in these hands-on creation programs," said State Librarian Martha Reid of the Vermont Department of Libraries. "I love the ways that maker programs can foster intergenerational learning, introduce novices and experts alike to technology and STEM, and promote teamwork and collective problem-solving.
The Williston workshop is part of the "Vermont Makers and Libraries: Sparking a Culture of Innovation" project, a collaborative between the Vermont Department of Libraries, Vermont Makers, the University of Vermont College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Vermont Library Association and CMF Innovations.