Here’s a 3-2-1 presentation of my takeaways from this class.
I really enjoyed this class and felt very encouraged to push my thinking about what a library could be rather than focusing on what’s been done in the past. We’ve looked at many different libraries that really have adapted their spaces, programs and services to facilitate different kinds of use for their communities to really thrive.
Creating programs that encourage user participation don’t need to involve a lot of expense and can be as simple as the Oak Park Public Library’s Idea Box where they used simple tools like post-its or magnetic poetry to engage users in communal storytelling.
At the Central Library in Calgary, Alberta, they engage users of all ages to engage in temporary communal art projects regularly. Here they engaged children to create a temporary mural with tools such as tissue paper and a spray bottle. Really lo-fi tech to create such a great impact and fabulous experience for all library users!
I really look forward to continuing to challenge my thinking about the role the library takes in people’s lives and what that should look like in the future. I think it’s important to keep in mind that to be able to connect with others, we need to be willing to share ourselves.
Thanks, I had a blast!