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On a day like today, it's important to remember that we have to take care of one another.
Great story told via Twitter about a Skokie Public Library going above and beyond to help a client study. They brought her a coffee right to her study table.
Thanks to @mickjacobsen and Toby Greenwalt (@thanalogdivide) for drawing my attention to this great act of kindness.
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From their summary on youTube:
"The King County Library System Foundation is raising $1 million to create a Community Mosaic -- a 2,000 square foot gathering place, performance space and learning hub in the new Tukwila Library. This Community Mosaic space will augment an 8,000 square foot library and expand the facility to 10,000 square feet. The open space will be a community living room, stage for cultural programs and site for technology training, civic gatherings, festivals and numerous activities."
Newsday (blog) Hampton Bays library holding first prom dress drive Newsday (blog) The Hampton Bays Public Library is looking for prom dress donations as part of its first Prom Dress Drive.
Please excuse the pun, Bridging the "dress divide".
The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the release of its Digital Collections API (application programming interface).
While not my usual fare but just as responsive are the initiatives coming out of New York Public Library as they release their Digital Collections API. This will free up a wealth of cultural and historical data to the community so that it can find new and exciting ways to interact.
This is another signpost towards the end of websites as we move increasingly towards an api-driven web? I don't know but it will certainly interesting to watch.
The Free Library of Philadelphia SEPTA and Dunkin Donuts have unveiled a virtual library in Suburban Station The idea is to introduce commuters to the library s extensive online catalog Smartphone
After months of imagining, the virtual subway library is a reality. But the library appeared not in Miami where it was dreamed up by art students nor New York where those students placed their imagined library. No, its in Philadelphia, where the Free Library of Philadelphia in a partnership with a coffee shop.
Writes Heather Acerro, in ALSC Blog,
"The installation is the tenth of eighteen Smart Play Spots that will be installed across Minnesota by the museum as part of their community outreach efforts. So what makes it Smart? The space is designed to encourage preschoolers and their grown ups to play, sing, read, write and talk together."
"Children ask to visit the library and once they are here they never want to leave."
Library Lends American Girl Dolls
Arlington [VA] Public Library launched American Girl kits during March's Women's Month. Each kit contains a book and doll from the series which clients can take home for a one week loan. Also, as explained by their website,
“Along with each girl’s first book, the doll kits also feature an exclusive guide created by the Library’s Virginia Room depicting life in Arlington during each doll’s era. And to tell future history, there’s a special journal to record and preserve each doll’s homebound adventures with new friends. The Virginia Room is also creating a historic display for the dolls at Central Library.”
-- spotted in The "M" Word by Nancy Dowd (@nancydowd)
Cleveland's Next Literary Hot Spot? Vacant Lots
Do you have any underused space in your town or city? Cleveland Public Library and an arts studio plans to turn vacant lots near CPL's branches into summer literacy festivals, with local arts and reading. If you can help out, this is also a Kickstart project http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/literarylots/literary-lots
Wow, this really plays upon the thought what-happens-when-the-library-closes.
Musicians in New Hampshire after hours, and now a late-night talk show takes over the Los Angeles Central Library. This one really plays up the Toronto Public Library Appel Salon series "Hollywood-style"
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/)
Mmm Cake and Literacy. Two of my favourites, as Knox County (IN) Public Libary runs a cake-off to support its early literacy program, Imagination Library.
Henderson Libraries offers more than just checking out literature.
Henderson District Public Library strives to be relevant to its community by offering volunteer placement services, a community coupon board and loanable art.
The Cuyahoga County Public Library, one of the busiest in the country, is in the midst of replacing and renovating 18 of its 28 branches.
The newly renovated Warrensville Heights branch shows which the direction the Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH) system is moving in. With recording studio, homework centre and cafe, "In short, it is a community center that has become a gathering spot for thoughts and ideas."
In the past, Madison Public Library wasn't the place to craft a blueprint or build a miniature rocket. If there were any handmade books on the premises, they were probably in a display case, behind a layer of glass.
The Bubbler, "refers to how creativity bubbles up from the population" described as "pop-up events held at locations throughout the city" of Madison Wisconsin, writes Lauren Pongan for the Daily Page.
She goes on to say, "The library, especially the Bubbler, hopes to help by hosting pop-up workshops, offering drop-in hours at an animation lab, and bringing programs and technology to places where teens spend their time.
"It's not classroom-style alone," [Teen Services Librarian Jesse] Vieau says of the Bubbler's instructional style. "It's not a lecture. It's a more informal learning environment with experts who can teach hands-on activities instead of just theory."
Just in time for Earth Day, the Markham Grows Seed Library is sprouting up at Markham Public Library’s Milliken Mills branch. A pilot project of the City of Markham’s Sustainability Office and Markham Public Library, the seed library provides organic, heritage seeds to the public – free of charge. It’s easy: borrow any seeds you like, grow them at home, and enjoy! Then you’ll harvest seeds from your plants and return them to the library. This way the seed library can continue to thrive, and you will help ensure that our community has access to healthy, affordable food.
The Markham Grows Seed Library will be located inside the Milliken Mills branch (7600 Kennedy Road), and will be accessible during normal library operating hours, beginning April 20, 2013. All you need is a library card (and an appetite). For more information, please check out our FAQs and How to Use the Seed Library
Birmingham Archives and Heritage launches two new mobile apps which allow clients to access their library digital collection and their city in new exciting ways. Dozens are described as a browsable collection of twelve stories from collection. Trails is a map overlay of the City of Birmingham, bring the library's collection to the street.
"There is no question that the internet has become an indispensable resource in today’s society. From employment to education, countless Americans rely on this modern innovation for day-to-day living. The problem is, not everyone is fortunate enough to have access."
The library's work in enhancing services for its service population of 90,173 and forging strong local partnerships stem from a three-year strategic plan that was completed in 2011
“We really feel that the library is a community hub,” [Laurie Golden, the department head of community relations] says. “Not only are we connecting people with resources, books, maps, viewing, and listening material, but we also help people connect with each other. We’re a very multicultural community, and we do a lot of programming to get to know the neighbors and community people and what they want to know and their hobbies. So it’s really been the driving force for everything we do.”
Patrons of Maine’s public libraries will soon have a chance to hear from experts on a number of legal issues at no charge. Low income people may be able to confer one-on-one with those experts, again at no cost.
Using video conferencing technology, members of the Lawyers in Libraries program will be starting presentations in public libraries located in Bangor, Houlton, Cherryfield, Sknowhedgan, York and the Maine State Library in Augusta. This programme, coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, "It's really trying to make lawyers and the legal system more accessible," says Hanna Sanders.
This continues the trend where public libraries are being seen as vital community hubs, for health, government, community services and legal support.
All can be done with the help of social media: [Ethan] Zuckerman singled out the YOUmedia space in the Chicago Public Library, a space built around teens exploring their own interests, as a good example of thick engagement.
Hennepin County Library (MN) is rolling out an innovative new effort to connect homeless patrons with the library system. Deposit collections not only make creative use of weeded and donated books,...
Couldn't add more than what Valarie Kingsland (http://librariesbuildcommunity.tumblr.com/post/44457804155/deposit-collections-in-homeless-shelters) says,
"@hclib will pilot book collections at two homeless shelters. They will reduce concern about returning books with selections of donated and weeded books. The library expects to supplement collections with new purchases, display information about library services, and offer on-site programs. Volunteers and interns will be trained to help maintain the outreach.
Hennepin County Library will make a difference where it matters."
The Hacienda Heights Library is a family place. That's why it's offering five weeks of free parental workshops in March and April.
more parent involvement in the library
I love seeing a community using their libraries in new and fun ways. That local musicians are using the Windsor (NH) Public Library to practise after-hours is excellent. Aimee Caruso, in the Valley News writes,
"The February get-together, the third the library has hosted, attracted one “audience member” and 10 musicians, [Library Director Barbara Ball] said.
“Space could be an issue if we grow more.”
Right now, they just get together to play, Ball said, “but it would be cool to do a performance.”
An independent book room in Bushwick is bringing a little sexy back to the library. Leave it to Brooklyn...
Another example of a community-based people-led library in Brooklyn, this one featuring books from small, independent presses catalogued by Goodreads.
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I always knew libraries were cool and sexy!
Two weeks ago I opened a library in Rotterdam. Or rather, a Reading Room. In a reaction to the closing of the public library we, residents of Rotterdam West, decided it was time to take action. But not by protesting,...
Very sad that there is even the need for such a community led project as creating "people libraries" but the need is great. So begins this project, part of the Community Lover's Guide (http://www.communityloversguide.org/) series, to create a Community Lover's Guide on Libraries. From the author, "Since we think libraries are one of those topics around which people also create great new initiatives, we have decided it is time to make a Community Lover’s Guide on Libraries." I hope that municipalities will come to their senses and support "public libraries" rather than abdicating their responsibilities but if they do, there are individuals willing to take over.