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When Sarah Odedina was in Sweden a few weeks ago, she had a chance to stop by an amazing children's library. She was inspired by the model, and thinks this project could have incredible application...
This exclusive creative space for children only (read "no adults allowed") offers reading, film-making, playing music, cooking in the kitchen, geeking out or just hanging out. Library staff are there to coach not guide the interactions.
-- spotted in Designing Libraries (http://designinglibraries.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=330)
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Helsinki city council has decided that the new library planned for the capital will include a sauna after all. The plan to build a sauna in the new library hit a snag last week when the city’s library director suggested it might be left out—but now the library sauna has been saved by politicians on the city’s culture committee.
If there are any Finns in your life you will understand why this is a BIG DEAL.
Review of the Masiphumelele Library in South Africa which the author says,
"This is a library that works with its community to fill a need — providing a space for children to learn, play, and grow outside of school. It also gives adults access to technology and offers courses to build their skills, giving them tools to alleviate chronic unemployment."
108 eighth grade students are designing and building their own library, and you can own a piece of it. (If we raise $75k for our X-Space school library project, the Quest Foundation will contribute another $30k!
Yes and YES. This idea is the answer to many questions that I've been asked lately.
"The design of the school was based on what actually happens when we learn, a difference from traditionally built school buildings. " From Wired UK Magazine
Good insight for how space (even library physical space) can encourage collaboration and learning.
Mason Wilde has always had a passion for figuring out how things work. But what the 16-year-old Louisburg High School junior made about two months ago changed the life of a family friend’s 9-year-old son who was born without fingers on one hand. Using a 3-D printer at the Johnson County Library, Wilde made a prosthetic hand that opens and closes and can even hold a pencil. “He’s awesome,” said Matthew, thrusting his mechanical hand high above his head.
Spotted by LibrariesBuildCommunity (http://librariesbuildcommunity.tumblr.com)
Black Comic Book Day at Detroit library draws a different perspective The Detroit News Ann Arbor comic book artist and writer Kamron Reynolds, 31, brought several of his works for all age levels to the library to sell.
Great way to expand comic lovers to a diversity of voices and give, mostly self-published artists access to a wider audience, while the Detroit Library supports literacy.
Library Journal Best Small Library in America 2014: Pine River Library, CO Library Journal “Lots of libraries are there for the community, but here in Bayfield, the community built the library,” says Amy Dodson, director of the Pine River Library...
Expanded technology, tool lending library, flexible space both inside and out are highlighted in profile of community library.
Three light therapy lamps have been installed at the downtown library, the result of a $1,000 grant awarded to an Edmonton newcomer who wanted to make the city more awesome.
Wow. Light therapy lamps in a public library is awesome.
Katie Humphrey Minneapolis Star Tribune:
[...] libraries have quietly become community tech hubs where the digital tools go far beyond computer terminals with free Internet. Across the metro area, their offerings are expanding as libraries help patrons tinker with 3-D printers, e-readers and social media. A growing catalog of e-books and e-magazines, combined with other online tools, extend resources far beyond the library walls.
Librarians, once masters of the card catalog, have learned to mine information online, offering help with everything from basic computer skills to Facebook and LinkedIn. When it comes to e-readers, in particular, librarians have become the go-to people for answers.
“We’re still teaching literacy. Now it’s digital literacy,” said Kim Johnson, manager of Anoka County, Minn.’s Rum River Library."
We talked with Rachel about the fabulous Baby Grand Jazz music performance series at the library, continuing this library's long tradition of making art available to their community. Enjoy. ~ Laura. Photo courtesy of Hartford ...
Music and libraries. Not a sweeter sounding partnership except maybe food and libraries.
"The Future of Libraries" was the topic in yesterday’s free webcast by American Libraries Live on which I had the honor of speaking. Other panelists included Marshall Breeding and BohYun Kim (Flori...
Includes an embedded copy of the session
It has come to this. The Seahawks have woven themselves so tightly into the fabric of the City of Seattle with this season’s championship-caliber run
What a great way to get connected with your community and allow your community to use your space by televising or sponsoring local sporting events. One of the fondest moments I have is watch a group of strangers get together watching the last World Cup in our library. With the Winter Olympics coming I hope other libraries will make similar opportunities for their communities.
Spotted in American Libraries Direct
Love to see a community this enthusiastic about the reopening of their library. The scene was the reopening of the Gaithersburg Library part of the Montgomery County Public Library System (MD). They had lots of activities including Phyllis Reynold Naylor doing a reading (http://host.evanced.info/montgomerycountymd/evanced/eventcalendar.asp?lib=6&nd=60)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Libraries & Librarians as Major Players in Tech at SXSWi Library Technology Leaders Travel to SXSWi to Showcase Trends hosted by Innovative AUSTIN (February 5, 2014) – Representatives from the library industry’s leading organizations and associations are…Read more ›
Libraries and Librarian efforts at SXSWi highlighted in the areas of:
* startup and entrepreneurial support ("Librarians are easily the most underutlized resource a startup has" John Chrastka, EveryLibrary)
* technology industry showrooms and supporters ("It's our way of showing our support for the library industry in pursuiting of educating the tech world of what an important role librarians play," Joe Murphy, Library Futures).
* libraries as the original co-working spaces and now maker spaces (What's truly unique about The Studio at Anythink is its Artist in Residence program," Stacie Ledden, Anythink)
* for open data and civic hacking ("If libraries are supposed to provide open access to information, then any kind of public data would fall within that realm," Rebecca Stavick, Omaha Public Library and co-founder of Open Nebraska).
via Mylee Joseph
"Bands and painters will soon be able to get their artistic groove on above the stacks at libraries in Williamsburg and Red Hook.
Spaceworks, an organization tasked with using taxpayer money to create art spaces around the city, plans to build practice and studio spaces in the Williamsburg and Red Hook branches of the Brooklyn Public Library. Taking over the public space for private use is the perfect way to provide much-needed cheap digs to creative types, an organizer said.
“We were created to address the issue of affordability for artists,” said Spaceworks executive director Paul Parkhill. “We are looking to do projects that are 15 or 20 years at least to make sure they are stabilizing forces in the community.”
The use of library spaces - future of libraries!
The Gigabit Libraries Network has expanded its TV White Space Broadband (TVWS) efforts to international libraries. CivSource previously reported on a project to
Gigabit Libraries Network which began as a local wireless initiative by Kansas Public Library has now announced it will expand into Philippines, Finland and Malaysia over the next few months.
The Iron is HOT: Libraries as Innovative & Creative Community Catalysts
If you have time today (Tuesday February 11th) I would recommend you listen/participate in this excellent webinar from WebJunction. Slides are currently available, and archive (if you can't make it) will be available shortly.
Also read more about the presenter, Mary Lou Carolan's efforts to get her library back into the community here http://www.pps.org/blog/citizen-placemaker-mary-lou-carolan-brings-the-library-out-onto-the-lawn/
Just catching up on what happened at the ALA Midwinter Meeting; sessions I'm sorry to have missed are the ones described here by Paul Signorelli in the American Libraries Magazine. "We don't have to be perfect. We just need to show up," should be a message we say often in our public libraries; and "show up" means not to the library but into the communities that we serve, again from this post, "requires that we go out into the communities we serve rather than waiting for them to come to us if we want to engage in dynamic, effective, and transformative partnerships and collaborations."
Today's doodle is in honor of Take Your Child To The Library Day (TODAY!): http://t.co/tW3z1ghS4e
Wish this was an international holiday
Thanks to the person who sent this which links in with this post and the accompanying thread from last year. Dublin City Council has launched a new website at www.parnellsquare.ie to promote the Ci...
Dublin (Ireland) City Council launches new website to get feedback and report on progress of the new City Library and Parnell Square North revitalization project.
Last October, upcycling came to the Aarhus Main Library with its Wastelab, or Skrotlab!via @myleejoseph
Operating on the premise that life is an ongoing education, this collection of kindergartens, universities, workplaces, libraries and even installations show us that "work" spaces (where we spend much of our time) need not be drab, but inspire...
Review of book which highlights flexible communal learning spaces, including libraries, many of which have been individually featured in this Scoop.It. I know its on my 2014 reading list
This children's library with rammed earth walls in Africa was built by BC Architects and the local community, according to an open-source design template.
New children's library in Burundi uses local building materials and stays true to traditional internal architecture with large opened public spaces while using an open-source design. "Life happens mostly in this hallway porch: encounters, resting, conversation, waiting," explained the architects. "It is a truly social space, constitutive for community relations."
Only in America and only on iPhone, pity.
This is a great example of "Getting out of the Library" in this case going to the Consumer Electronic Show. Brian Pichman, who is running the Evolve Project, is attending CES to promote libraries to the technology innovators there. Brian, like Jason Griffey (who will be tweeting from CES with the hashtag #AmLibsCES) and those other librarians who have attending other non-library conferences like SXSW are helping encourage all of us from leaving our comfort zone and explore, then "share more."
Spotted by Stephen Abram http://stephenslighthouse.com/2014/01/06/help-with-this-survey-the-ces-2014-project-and-libraries/)
Cannot make CES? The American Library Association will be holding a American Library Live wrap-up, hosted by the above Jason Jan. 13 at 2pm EST. Register at http://americanlibrarieslive.org !