Can you believe we’re nearing the finish of National Novel Writing Month?! As Wrimos scramble to reach their 50,000 word goal, we’ve been talking about the myriad ways that writers (and really, artists of all kinds) can use their libraries (local and digital) to inspire and inform their projects.
Our NaNoWriMo series touches on a lot of topics, from inspiration to research to tips for using your library to stave off or conquer writer’s block. So it seemed only appropriate that our final two posts in the series should touch on ways for Wrimos to make excellent use of their libraries after the writing logs are updated for the last time.
The Idea Box at Oak Park Public Library is a new experiment in community participation and library programming that invites visitors to “explore, learn, and play.” The 9 x 13 glass-enclosed space opened in March and has already played host to...
When we first put a call out for library-incubated quilters on the site, I was delighted to connect with Leah Rudolph, Library Director for the Abington Community Library in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, and to learn about Always In Stitches, the quilting group her library hosts regularly. Always In Stitches not only uses the library space as a studio, but also contributes to a wide variety of community outreach and education initiatives, making this program a perfect example of the Library-as-Incubator!
"The Family Place model is built around the idea that literacy begins at birth and that libraries can foster community growth by nourishing families," continues Aldrich. Spaces are designed for parent/caregiver-child interaction, "but also for community interaction. Experts in the community are brought into the space to give presentations and serve as resources for parents."
If you are planning to submit nominations for the 2012 Edublogs Awards, I hope you will consider #UnfollowBullying as a candidate for the Best Twitter Hashtag category. #UnfollowBullying, a student-created, student driven initiative, is in recognition that students are the ones who will lead the charge in their online communities to ensure that all students are treated with respect and kindness. Past winners in the Best Twitter Hashtag category have (simply) created a stand alone hashtag. One of the many distinguishing features of #UnfollowBullying is that the hashtag comes with a dynamic online student toolkit to help students everywhere stand up, speak out and be the change.
“Still There for Them”: Post-Sandy Libraries and the Permanence of Mobility The New York Times has a story today about how the Queens Borough Public Library is adapting its services to the Rockaways...
The dynamic and innovative Teen Department at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has long dabbled in digital media projects and maker crafts with film competitions, music recording programs, gaming tournaments and DIY art projects, but to commit to an ongoing program like The Labs is unprecedented. So why not throw a great big party to spread the word and excite teens around the city?