Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More than Books!!

Is there anyone who still thinks the only thing you can find in the library is books?  Check out this article to find out what's going on in Ontario, Canada.  The Ontario Library Association asked their member libraries how they were thinking outside the box to meet the needs of their communities.  The answers include fishing poles, garden seeds, story time quilts, ice skates, crafty makerspaces and more.

I love all these ideas.  Why not loan fishing poles, cake pans, pedometers and other little gadgets?  And I could easily see a community jigsaw puzzle table in a corner of my library.  Classes for seniors?  Absolutely.  Why not tap that huge mine of retiree experience and get some of our seniors to teach some classes and share their wealth of knowledge with the community (maybe the teens)?

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