If you get two creative people together who are interested in thinking outside the box about ways to meet community needs, you just never know where you’ll end up. Patti Becker and Sue Queiser at Barron have been looking at the way the community uses the space, programs, and collections of the children’s area for the past few years. Attendance at regular storytime programs was down, as was attendance at programs for the summer library program. Throughout this time, Patti and Sue have been thinking about ways to accommodate the needs of the community better.
This included offering more passive programming (a new one each day the library was open during the summer of 2016!), one-on-one storytime, and more. They noticed that kids and families really enjoyed hanging around together and working on projects. As a result, they undertook a large transformation–weeding heavily, rearranging their collections, purchasing new furniture that encouraged lingering, and creating much more open space for creation and imagination.
|Line art at the table that fits nicely!|
Last week, Patti sent me some photos, labeled, THIS IS WHY WE DID IT! I thought you might like to see, too!
|Kids make things out of cardboard tubes–look at all that floor space!|