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It Really Is “All About the Books”

Um, so, this is awesome. It is my new theme song! I really have nothing more to add. Just watch it. I loved it!

 

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How tech is changing reading at libraries

It’s true that you are probably seeing a lot more technology at your local library these days. If not, perhaps you haven’t gone in for a visit in a while. Most libraries offer free wireless internet at the very least, as well as some ability to access electronic books (ebooks) and digital audiobooks for downloading. There are services that stream music and movies for library patrons too. Libraries are obtaining grants to create makerspaces and getting everything from 3D Printers to robotics supplies for kids and teen programs.

What kind of tech are you seeing at your local library? Feel free to sound off in the comments!

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How does your library garden grow?

Dig It! Library Gardens Sprout Up Coast-to-Coast

23 of the most creatively designed Little Free Libraries

23 of the most creatively designed Little Free Libraries | MNN – Mother Nature Network.

Have you seen one of these around?

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These “little free libraries” are popping up all over the country, and I have to say, I just love them.

Not only do I love the creativity, and ingenuity of design with which most of them are made, but I love what they stand for. Taking books, sharing them with each other. Especially in communities that might not have a library available to them readily, or where budget cuts might make it hard for locals to get access to one. I also just like the idea that people want to share what they have read and enjoyed with the world. Take a book, pass it on. Take a book, leave a book. Take a book, share a book. These slogans that occasionally accompany these libraries say so much with so little.

 

I will be on the lookout for these when I travel, hopefully I will find a few to take a snapshot of and share here on my blog!

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The Library: A Place Where You Can Create

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“The idea of libraries serving as a place where you can come and create, not just to learn…I think that’s a shift that’s really been taking place.” – Jane McGonigal on the impact of libraries

 

She’s not wrong. Libraries are so much more than just a collection of shelves to hold books anymore. If you’ve been in your local public library lately, you may have noticed they offer a plethora of programming for children, teens, and adults. Libraries are places where you can come and create. Whether its creating homework and projects for classes, creating resumes and job searches, creating arts and crafts in a planned program or event, or something even more unique, like using a 3D printer in a Makerspace; libraries are a place where you can do all of this and more. If you take the time to look around, you’d be surprised by how many things you are capable of creating at the library. Who knows, maybe the next bestseller that hits the library shelves will have been written in slow, but steady increments from a library computer or laptop.

How can you get creative @ your local library? Stop by and find out!

Also, check out these cool libraries and bookstores from around the world on my Pinterest pages.

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Media Mondays: Get “Happy” with the DC Public Library

Media Mondays

Welcome to Media Mondays! This meme is dedicated to all things media related: Music, Movies, TV, and possibly other electronics and gadgetry. Here’s how it works (you’re going to love how simple it is)… Just pick a topic that is related to one of these major media formats and discuss!

DCPL Gets “Happy” (by DC Public Library)

schoollibraryjournal: “Happy,” library style. @Pharrell

This video, brought to you by School Library Journal’s Tumblr page and YouTube, is the subject of my Media Mondays post because I think it highlights many of the things I think libraries should be doing these days. I love how much the people are enjoying themselves, and embracing Pop Culture as a part of the library’s atmosphere. This is the kind of thing that will bring in new patrons. People can see that the library is a place to have fun at, to celebrate not only books, but also our larger American life. I think more libraries should experiment with videos and using various media as a means to engage their public and, hopefully, inform them about the programs and services offered at the library. You could record videos of book reviews and post them (or any kind of reviews really), or show children’s programs or demonstrate how to do fingerplays and kid songs. You could even use videos as a means of explaining how certain services work, like a new book drop or the summer reading program. So many libraries are already doing it, but if your library hasn’t branched out yet, it’s time to get creative!

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society.

This is an article that I rediscovered today which was published a few months back, but it covers a good chunk of the things The State of America's Libraries 2013I would like to say about libraries in the US today. Things that I’ve had on my mind, and wonder how much people know about. Using information from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, and from the ALA’s State of the Library Report (linked in the image on the right) this article showcases just how much libraries are used in the US.  (Spoiler: the answer is A LOT!)  As the article states:

Ironically, the best-kept secret about America’s libraries is that they are wildly, deeply, and incontrovertibly popular. They are as actively used as ever, if not more.

I think a lot of people forget that libraries are not just book repositories anymore, and in reality, they haven’t been for a very long time.

technologyLibraries today house far more than just books. Most every library now-a-days have computers and most also allow free WiFi access to patrons. I’ve worked in one or two where patrons are able to check out iPads, ereaders like Nooks and Kindles, and even laptops. And of course, I can’t forget e-books. You might be surprised to discover just how many e-books, and electronic audiobooks your library has access to. Many libraries also offer discount tickets to local museums. I’ve seen several who offer book club kits, or educational kits to parents and teachers. Ms. Clark also points out, in her article, one of my favorite new-ish trends: libraries that loan some pretty unusual stuff. (For example: household tools, fishing gear, and even baking equipment!)

And with all those many items being offered for public use, we still haven’t mentioned all the various programs and services that Kerry and Robin Tee Off at the Library 2014take place at public libraries each year. Everything from regular storytime programs, author visits, and book groups (for children and adults); to LEGO Clubs or Mini-Golf in the Library. Many libraries offer career and technology help for patrons as well. And of course, there is the library staff. Librarians are not only helping patrons locate information in books, but they are essential to helping children, teens, and adults wade through the quagmire of information that is available online.

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Brookline Library’s Tee Off @ the Library Event 2014

There is a certain idea of the modern library and how it looks in America and other countries around the world. We tend to forget that this version of the library is not the only one that has ever existed. Libraries, in one form or another, whether for public or private use, have existed almost as long as civilization has been around. The library at Alexandria is one example. The Pharaohs of ancient Egypt had them too. In fact, archeological sites are still digging up libraries that date back more than 5,000 years. The point I’m trying to make here, friends, is that libraries, like people, have evolved to suit the needs of that civilization. Just because new technologies have become available does not mean that our modern library is doomed. It just means its time to adapt to a new model, and of course, there is going to be some argument and dissension over what that new model will look like. I for one, am excited to see where it will go.

As a final note: please remember to support public and school libraries. They really do make our communities and our world better.

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Fund Libraries!

Fund #libraries! They give teens a brighter future by helping them succeed @ school & prep 4 careers #nlld14 http://thndr.it/1hAAM0y