Social Library, Art and Archives Edition

Jennifer Peterson
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Published: 21 March 2017
Social Library, Art and Archives Edition

With the Institute of Museum and Library Services announcement of the 2017 National Medal Finalists, we were inspired to highlight in this special edition of our Social Library series, posts from libraries we follow on Facebook that also represent museums, archives or host designated spaces for art installations. From local history to letters from the front, and from genealogy to student exhibits, these institutions are helping their communities engage with keeping their history, art, and stories alive.

Thompson Public Library in Connecticut shared a photo for their Opening Reception for Art @ the Library. The library, with sponsorship from... Read more

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A Children's Garden at Avon Lake Public Library

Mary P. Crehore
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Published: 15 March 2017
A Children's Garden at Avon Lake Public Library

The Avon Lake Public Library (OH) created a children's garden. They provided the opportunity for young patrons to learn about farming, farm animals, and raising food, as well as the experience of digging in the dirt and planting, harvesting and eating vegetables. This library program also provided clients of Community Resource Services with fresh produce grown in their garden.
 

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Seeds of Change: A Seed Library for All Ages

Chris Rogers
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Published: 14 March 2017
Seeds of Change: A Seed Library for All Ages

The ancient Chinese proverb says "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." My library, the Middle Tyger Library, a branch of the Spartanburg County (SC) Public Libraries, borrowed some wisdom from this famous adage to be self-sufficient, and started a seed lending library.

I decided to encourage local residents to become novice backyard gardeners. Parents and grandparents could plant seeds to teach basic lessons of science to children growing things in small containers. It all began after I attended a seed library... Read more

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Monika Sengul-Jones joins OCLC as Wikipedian-in-Residence

OCLC
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Published: 09 March 2017
Monika Sengul-Jones joins OCLC as Wikipedian-in-Residence

Sengul-Jones will work with WebJunction to design and deliver an online training program that will introduce US public librarians to the innerworkings of Wikipedia this fall. The training will enable librarians to edit Wikipedia, guide patrons in its use and lead local Wikipedia-based community engagement programs with confidence. In her role, Sengul-Jones will also foster connections between public librarians and Wikipedia’s volunteer editor community.

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Innovation in Libraries Micro-grants from the Awesome Foundation

WebJunction
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Published: 06 March 2017
Innovation in Libraries Micro-grants from the Awesome Foundation

The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to "forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe." Created in 2009, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.

Library Pipeline's Innovation Committee has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to found an Innovation in Libraries chapter that will, each month, award a $1,000 micro-grant to a project that suggests creative solutions, proposes a new way of thinking about library services, and supports underserved and diverse communities. Grant applications due by the 15th of each month, with awardees announced by the 1st of the following... Read more

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