So far I am enjoying all the examples of hyperlinked libraries. The creativity some people have blows me away and makes me want to be a part of the revolution of librarians providing more creative experiences, programming and services to the public.
The lecture did remind me of my own experience with the Storywalk. A few years ago, I was given the privilege of attending the CLA conference in Sacramento and came across a presentation of the Storywalk. I was so fascinated by it that I requested trying it out at the library I work at. I coordinated with the Children’s Librarian to create my own lower-budget version of a Storywalk. I have since done it three times, all put up for about a month in the summer during the summer reading program. Each year we pick two new books and I assemble it so that walking one way you can read one book and walking the other way you can read a different book. I enjoyed this experience (not just because I love using the laminator) primarily for the joy it brought all the patrons who used it. It was lovely to see people happy to have a reason to take a short walk outside and read to their kids.
Along these same lines of hyperlinked libraries, I love the idea of bringing unconventional services to the public. A year or so ago, I read an article about a library that provided poetry vending machines. I thought this was such a cool idea because not only are writers able to put their work out there for the world to read, but the public is able to enjoy a quick creative work. I don’t think this is the same article I read, but here is an interesting one done by the New York Times.