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Museum 2.0: Guest Post: Radical Collaboration - Tools for Partnering with Community Members

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Some great guidelines/tools to begin and sustain those partnerships with your community, and while its written from a Museum perspective, equally valuable for public librarians. Since how can we be responsive, if we are not willing to listen and act with our communities.

Spotted from Mylee Joseph (http://pinterest.com/myleej/people-place-technology-libraries/)

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Ways libraries are becoming the co-social (think co-working with services) platform for their communities
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@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space

@BudgITng launches @CivicHive, a civic-tech accelerator and innovation space | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
BudgIT announces launch of Civic Hive - a platform to create an intersection between citizens and the government... Civic-tech organization, BudgIT, announ

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Civic Hive is a social justice accelerator in Nigeria. Their current four fellows are: 
*Amplify, by Dotun Olatoke, is a civic tech initiative that seeks to amplify the voices of the forgotten people of Nigeria and generate support for underserved communities.
* Locate by Robert Ogbogu, a platform that helps to track missing persons easily in Nigeria
* Gavel by Nelson Olanipekun,  a platform that seeks to bring transparency to the justice sector in Nigeria
* and, Open Medic by Dennis Akagha is a civic engagement platform that seeks to have an Open Inventory platform that will enhance the accessibility of essential medical consumables in health facilities and other medical outlets in Nigeria at any given time.
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Designing Collaborative Spaces

How can school librarians support Future Ready School

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Private Sezin School Open Roof Space / ATÖLYE Labs

Private Sezin School Open Roof Space / ATÖLYE Labs | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Completed in 2017 in Çekmeköy, Turkey. Images by Yerçekim. . Private Sezin School Open Roof Space is a ‘beyond-classroom’ pedagogical space with a spatially hybrid program that fosters meeting, making
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Today's Inspirational Space is from Cekmekoy Turkey, the Private Sezin School Open Roof Space. It has all the contemporary design elements: alcove seating (see photo); bench seating (see photo to right); stadium seating; large communal tables; media, woodworking and biology labs; lofts; and glassed spaces. 
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The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM are gaining lots of traction in Kindergarten though college level education. Articles, resources on social media, and conference presentations on these topics are proliferating at a rate that most educators are now familiar with maker education.

Makerspaces like vocational shops and science labs are great additions to schools. They often contain the tools, machinery, and technologies associated with making – 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, high tech robotics, vocational tech machinery. These are great for educational institutions and learners that can afford them.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, July 3, 9:01 AM

"Classroom educators and librarians may wonder how they might create spaces for playing, tinkering, making, collaborating, discussing, researching, and reflecting. First and foremost, they need to develop an innovator’s mindset, one outside of the box of what a classroom should look, sound, and be like. Second, practitioners need to become intentional in insuring that a full spectrum of making skills, attitudes, and knowledge is offered to learners." (By Jackie Gerstein)

Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, July 3, 9:35 AM
Makerspaces are the next best thing in education.
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What’s this library book doing in my National Park?

What’s this library book doing in my National Park? | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In early June, I was walking a trail in Land’s End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, when I came upon a children’s book called The Fox Wish , by
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Unique partnership between National Parks and San Francisco Public Library to open up the resources and services to both client groups. 
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People, Places, and Objects – A TTW Guest Post by Anjanette Jones – Tame The Web

People, Places, and Objects – A TTW Guest Post by Anjanette Jones – Tame The Web | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
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Quote: "As libraries anticipate and explore new possibilities for the future, there are three areas that should be focused on for a successful transition; people, places, and objects." Great article summarizing opportunities in these three traditional areas for library service.
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Homeless Worry About The Loss Of A Gathering Space As MLK Library Closes | WAMU

Homeless Worry About The Loss Of A Gathering Space As MLK Library Closes | WAMU | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in downtown D.C. has long served as an informal gathering place for the city's homeless residents, but a planned three-year closure has those users scrambling to find other places to go during the day.
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Impact upon the Washington D.C.  community as it's "home away from home" the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library closes for three years planned renovations. The title focuses upon homelessness, but the article talks about many different communities which use the library's resources for entertainment and job creation. 
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Music is escape for library's 'hip-hop intern'

Music is escape for library's 'hip-hop intern' | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Music is escape for library's 'hip-hop intern'.
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Allow career opportunities, teach valuable employable skills and work on a project meant to support local musicians. Win 
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"The Inclusive Internship Initiative is a public library internship awarded to about 50 high school juniors or seniors across the U.S. who come from diverse backgrounds. With individual guidance from a mentor, interns experience a variety of facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services. Throughout the 10-week program, interns and mentors develop and complete a project with a goal to cultivate their passion and explore library careers, according to Charles Sutton, the EVPL's library experience manager. The internship also allows Sutton and Brown to work together on a project of his, "A Year of Hip Hop," which begins next year and aims to support musicians and artists in the community." 
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A Conversation with Author Jeffrey T. Davis | American Libraries Magazine

A Conversation with Author Jeffrey T. Davis | American Libraries Magazine | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
ALA Editions author Jeffrey T. Davis explores how libraries are using the library card to establish close bonds with their communities.
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Quote from the interview:

"Why would American Library Association (ALA) members find it helpful?
 Local access is a good fit and strategy for libraries. There’s great potential for libraries to make access to local resources an explicit service and for these programs to reinforce one another. Libraries that create a local access librarian position or department are likely to innovate and develop new expertise. Communities will start to see the library and librarians as agents for access to nonlibrary riches around them. Hopefully the book strikes a good balance between the big picture and the details of practice to help ALA members explore this direction."
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Etobicoke's Albion Library architecture is designed with users in mind: Hume | Metro Toronto

Etobicoke's Albion Library architecture is designed with users in mind: Hume | Metro Toronto | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In a time when architectural failures abound in Toronto, this new building was designed to put residents first, Christopher Hume writes.
Via michaelcollins
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Favourite quote from the architect: "“It’s a community hub, a hybrid public platform. It functions as a social welcome mat in a neighbourhood of newcomers.”
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12 Reasons Why Gothenburg is an Amazing Sharing City

12 Reasons Why Gothenburg is an Amazing Sharing City | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Gothenburg — the second biggest city in Sweden — was voted as the world's "most sociable city." This reflects the typical culture of our city. We love to hang out in parks, cafés, bars, and other spaces. But Gothenburg, with it's almost 600,000 residents, also has some serious challenges.
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Welcome to the "most sociable city", Gothenburg, Sweden. (http://ow.ly/sbr530dFkZG). Shareable profiles this community and shares some examples. 
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Madison’s Library Takeover | American Libraries Magazine

Madison’s Library Takeover | American Libraries Magazine | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Just a few years ago the Madison Public Library was collection-focused, with high circulation but a low capacity for making connections with its community. Michael Spelman, library manager at the MPL’s Central Library, and with community engagement librarians Laura Damon-Moore and Kylee Stoor, explained one key initiative in the process of reorienting the library toward … Continue reading Madison’s Library Takeover →
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During a presentation at the American Library Association's 2017 Annual Conference, staff from Madison Public Library discuss their successful realignment and revitalized community partnerships through their "Library Takeover" initiative. The community groups which were selected to produce programming in partnership with the library staff were “like no program the library had ever put on themselves." One unique element of using community experts which Madison did, and which I had not heard about from others, was to pay the community members for participating. It doesn’t necessarily need to be much,” Michael Spelman, Director of the Central Library, said, but “we need to respect people’s time.”
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Ride with Librarians in Fernie, BC

Ride with Librarians in Fernie, BC | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Join the staff of the Fernie Heritage Library for a ride with the Book Bike and a community potluck picnic at Rotary Park.
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Disappointed that I missed this Ride with Librarians and Picnic Lunch which happened two weeks ago in Fernie, British Columbia. Hope that they had a great turnout. ALA will be doing a workshop next Wednesday, June 21st the riding librarians from Oakland Public Library, Mana Tominaga and Emily Weak, who also do riding tours with cyclists. (http://ow.ly/qVS730cyRna). Sorry that I'm a little bicycle obsessed at the moment (with my Tweet about the Armenian mobile bike station) but the weather is getting nicer here. Get out and enjoy!
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How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects - MindShift

How Libraries Can Turn Stories Into Maker Projects - MindShift | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
In recent years, libraries have broadened their scope of offerings to the local community to involve more making activities like 3-D printing and sewing. Some libraries even have a facilitator for maker projects.

At Millvale Community Library in Pennsylvania, maker program coordinator Nora Peters saw an opportunity to better connect the activities of the maker space with the library’s mission to promote literacy. So, she set out to build a bridge between making and reading by creating maker activities for children’s books.

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Art of Libraries – re-imagining cultural education in Gloucestershire - Libraries Taskforce

Art of Libraries – re-imagining cultural education in Gloucestershire - Libraries Taskforce | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Update and news from the Libraries Taskforce
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Art of Libraries is an exciting project from Create Gloucestershire, which is a multi-partner community-wide group including art groups and trusts,  and Gloucestershire Public Library "to develop libraries as hubs for introducing arts and culture to children and young people especially those who do not currently engage with the sector." What a great model for libraries as well as partnerships! 
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Tweet from @familiesmatter

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Play is part of the Public Library, could have the subtitle to the original Calgary Sun article about the new Forest Lawn Public Library's Nature Playground (http://ow.ly/fJsr30eo6Hv ;). A Canada 150 project, Calgary Public Library CEO Bill Ptacek explained the area as a way to highlight the importance of play to his city,
"We wanted to do something where play could connect up to early literacy and early learning, things like that. We thought, why not in Forest Lawn because Forest Lawn sometimes (it doesn't) get everything everyone else in the city gets, we got to make sure Forest Lawn gets highlighted. [...] Playing outdoors not only develops the physical literacy skills and executive brain function but also helps children learn more about the world about them."
Where is that sense of play in your library? 
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Call to Crowdsource Langsdale Library MakerSpace

Call to Crowdsource Langsdale Library MakerSpace | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where students can gather to work on projects, collaborate, network, create, invent, and learn. They also afford students access to equipment and resources typically not available to individuals working alone
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University of Balitmore's Langsdale Library is seeking it expanding its services into a makerspace. While I don't know what other means they have sought to fund this project (eg government grants or private fundraising) they have taken on an increasingly popular method of crowdsourcing.
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Get your 'Silent Disco' dance on at New Orleans area libraries

Get your 'Silent Disco' dance on at New Orleans area libraries | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
The "Silent Disco" was the latest event in a packed Algiers Regional Library summer. The events served as a way to get community members to come through the doors and hopefully become regulars among the book racks.  Silent Disco is one of the more unique offerings. Library Associate Carlette Dennis said it's cool to see people dancing but the other library patrons hear no music. "We wanted a way to give our patrons a way to have some fun in the library, while still being mindful that they are in a library, which is a quiet place," she said. "A silent disco is an event where people dance to music listened to on wireless headphones. Rather than using a speaker system, music is broadcast via a radio transmitter with the signal being picked up by wireless headphone receivers worn by the participants. Those without the headphones hear no music, giving the effect of a room full of people dancing to nothing." It's a trend that will populate throughout New Orleans area branches. "As a part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program, the New Orleans Public Library system wanted to continue with the success of this program," Dennis said
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This is a great trend in library services to youth and music lovers
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Retro Silent Disco!

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Eventbrite - Manchester Library and Information Service presents Retro Silent Disco! - Saturday, 19 August 2017 at Manchester Central Library. Find event and ticket information.
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A Retro Silent Disco at Manchester Central Library, so much of this sounds great! Community use of a library after hours,  music and dancing in the library, and technology, with participants dancing in silence with headphones playing different dance tracks. The only downside is that I will not be able to attend.
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Pupils, Pop-Ups and Prototyping: applying human-centred design to library environments

This presentation was first given at the 12th International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries.

The abstract from the conference site described it like this…

PURPOSE
This session shared the methods of two Futurelib projects at Cambridge University Library: Protolib 1 and Protolib 2. The objective of both was to explore the needs of library users and create prototype library environments that satisfied those needs. These were documented through a set of patterns that could be applied across Cambridge Libraries. These design patterns enable librarians to rollout productive and inspiring library environments. The projects challenge assumptions about what a library can be by applying commercial human-centred design methods drawn from a variety of design disciplines to:
* understand user needs from observational design research;
* create pop-up prototypes of new environments;
* evaluate them using innovative methods like eyetracking (more often utilised in retail store design).

APPROACH
Both projects used a mixed-method approach more commonly used on commercial projects.

Protolib 1 explored the needs, attitudes, behaviour and values of library users using three discovery activities: a diary study, codesign workshops with undergraduates and postgraduates, baseline assessment of candidate prototype spaces. We then created 5 pop-up library environments, evaluated them quantitatively and qualitatively, then defined a set of design patterns.

Protolib 2 focused much more on the usability of physical spaces. Eyetracking was used in conjunction with shadowing to witness how people navigate the physical library space and find library resources. Wayfinding prototypes were deployed into representative libraries and evaluated by repeating the eyetracking and shadowing. This showed that our design interventions reduced the time taken to find a resource by 40%-60%. Results were documented as a set of design patterns for wayfinding.

FINDINGS
The key findings relate to how people work, select a working environment, use that environment and how libraries can be better designed to meet those needs. In addition, the findings provide a number of easy steps that can be taken to make libraries easier to use.

Our design research indicates that there are five factors which dictate an individual’s working behaviour. their location, their daily routine, their attitude to work-life balance, their attitude to habit and their approach to planning. This workshop explores how these factors influence their working behaviour and their needs for work spaces.

People in our design research chose their working environment based on 3 factors: their intended length of stay, their activity and their own sense of wellbeing. We will explore the implication this has for the design of library spaces. Although the specific tasks and behaviours are different for each person, most academic work involves a hierarchy of primary, secondary and tertiary activities and these affect where and how people choose to work. We will define primary, secondary and tertiary activities and describe the requirements for each. We will describe how we saw people switching between these categories of task to extend their own focus and productivity and the correlation with a change of physical environment.

Our design research found that environments were defined by their level of intensity. We will define intensity and the characteristics of high, medium and low intensity spaces. We will describe how the intensity of a space influenced how people use the space and how we designed spaces with particular intensity profiles.

In addition to our findings that relate to working behaviour, the projects also uncovered some lower level findings directly related to the design of working environments. These included:

Small elements of personal control over their working environment creates a disproportionate sense of satisfaction with an environment (even if those features are not used).

Location and context are important indicators as to how spaces will be used.

More chairs does not mean a higher level of occupancy for a given space.

The purpose of a space should be clearly defined.

Boundary delineation increases the popularity of workstations.

There are two models for how students navigate a library space depending on their previous experience and mental model of a library.

IMPLICATIONS
We believe that the findings of our design research and the design patterns that we have created are applicable beyond Cambridge. Our findings provide a deep understanding of how people select library spaces in which to work based on observation design research. They have the potential to inform how we think of designing library spaces. The methods used provide an approach for assessing the usability of any physical library spaces. The design methods used for prototyping physical library spaces provide a cost-effective and rapid approach to developing library spaces that better meet the needs of students and researchers.

CONCLUSIONS
The result of these projects was a set of design patterns for library environments that document the different types of space that all libraries include. A design pattern is a re-usable solution to a design problem. An organised collection of design patterns that relate to a particular field is called a pattern language. These patterns describe how library spaces can be designed to meet library user’s needs and make a library more usable, more comfortable, more productive and more inspiring.

Protolib 2, specifically, also created a detailed package of macro- and micro-level signage patterns, the thinking behind which could easily be applied to any library environment.

The session will…

…describe the innovative methods of design research, prototyping and evaluation used. The methods will be applied to measuring the usability of physical library spaces and improving them qualitatively and quantitatively. The methods could also be applied to cost-effectively and rapidly prototyping new types of library spaces.
share the findings of design research which describe users’ space needs and patterns of use. These are likely to be common to researchers and students at other institutions.

…share the resultant design patterns which describe the important factors to consider when designing particular types of library environment. These design patterns have been tested using pop-up prototypes and shown to increase the usage of spaces and satisfaction with them. The session will explore how they can be applied to many academic library environments.

Participants will be given the opportunity to explore this project in an interactive workshop format through a mixture of presentation and practical exercises.
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Presentation regards design research don by Futurelibs at Cambridge University Library. It presented the needs of their particular library users towards creating a prototype library that reflected that needs assessment. Again, while it was particular to Cambridge University students, there are some generalized  takeaways in the design summaries and wayfinding solutions. In general, user research works and should be undertaken by every library to understand and in turn serve their communities better. 
Originally spotted by Christian Lauersen (@clauersn) on Twitter (https://twitter.com/clauersen/status/892864198149120000)
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4 important things users want from a library (and how to offer them)

4 important things users want from a library (and how to offer them) | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Sometimes, there is a big imbalance between what the users wish to have in a library and what they really get. As Mick Fortune mentions in our previous post, for many years libraries measured their success primarily by footfall and they only focused on that. Only in the last few years, libraries have really started focusing on getting to know their users better. Even so, all the studies, such as those made by The Pew Internet, Carnegie UK Trust, Museums Libraries & Archives UK, etc. end up showing the same results.
In this first post, we will focus on the 4 most important things users want from a library.

1. A good range of books
2. Longer opening hours
3. Core library service for free
4. Help from knowledgeable librarians

We all love librarians because they represent the human Google of our local community. But what people love more is social interaction. 


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Friends of Michigan Libraries (FOML)

Mini-comic con made possible by Brighton District Library, Cromaine District Library, and Howell Carnegie Library! Sounds like it will be amazing! #MiSummer
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From the Yukon to San Diego, public libraries link with comic cons, or go out on their own to celebrate all types of literacy. 
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Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library

Introducing the Minneapolis Art Lending Library | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it

Founded in 2013, the Minneapolis Art Lending Library is a collection of about 110 pieces of original artwork that are available to the public for free, three-month loan periods. We aim to provide a new model for artists to showcase their work and build a following, while also cultivating a new audience of art supporters. Below, some more details in an interview with co-founder, Larsen Husby. 

Amelia Foster for the LAIP (AF): Tell us about the Minneapolis Art Lending Library– what’s the goal of it? 
Larse Husby (LH): Our mission is to “provide exposure for artists, build ongoing support for the arts, and share the joy of art with all members of our community through the free lending of artwork.” We believe that there is value in living with a work of art, observing it over a long period of time and seeing it interact with the environment of the home. This kind of long-form viewing is hard to come by unless you can afford to buy lots of original art. We hope to provide access to this particular form of art engagement with a wider audience by making it free to borrow original works of art. Additionally, we aim to provide a unique and beneficial form of exposure for artists, allowing them to showcase art in a new format. Through our project, we hope to build support for the arts by connecting artists and art lovers, and introducing our community to the joys of living with art. 


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Trudy Raymakers's curator insight, July 18, 9:03 PM
In Holland there are many art lending centres (kunstuitleen) since 1955; they are not called libraries. Strange that this is apparently new in America.
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The San Diego Public Library Comic-Con 2017 Exclusive Library Cards

The San Diego Public Library Comic-Con 2017 Exclusive Library Cards | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Get your limited edition 2017 Comic-Con Library Card from the San Diego Public Library! This year, there are three designs to choose from, designed by local artists Vince Alvendia, Robert McKeone, …
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Love this idea! Great way to connect with fans and bring the library into a community.
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We Are Family/ Make:Place at Hillfields Library — Arnolfini

We Are Family/ Make:Place at Hillfields Library — Arnolfini | SocialLibrary | Scoop.it
Join Arnolfini and Architecture Centre at Hillfields Library for an afternoon of making and creativity.
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Near Hillfields Library, Bristol next Saturday? Drop in and join the community as ,

"[they] Create your own comics based on the neighbourhoods around you and build up 3D collages of how you imagine they will look in the future." 

All ages workshops will be lead by Arnolfini and Architecture Centre. 
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