Chicago, IL: YOUmedia Chicago

Why Libraries Are More Important Now Than Ever

It’s almost 4 p.m. on a November Monday, and a very un-library-like scene is unfolding inside Chicago’s Harold Washington Library teen center.

Rap and pop music bump from a set of speakers, as teenagers released from schools around the city funnel into the center and settle in for the afternoon. Read the rest »

Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP Philadelphia, PA: LEAP/Maker Portland, OR: Rockwood Library makerspace (Multnomah County Library) San Francisco, CA: The Mix at SFPL Thornton, CO: Anythink Libraries Billings, MT: TECH Lab

Understanding the Post-Emergent Phase of a Makerspace

Creating and starting a makerspace is an exciting venture; you build a team and purchase new equipment. There are a lot of resources (people and articles) that describe how emergent makerspaces can get off the ground. Once your makerspace has been open for a few years, you begin to experience challenges that are distinctly different from those start-up challenges, and there are very few, if any, resources that describe what this new, “post-emergent” phase entails. Read the rest »

Billings, MT: TECH Lab

Six community crates will help bring the library to young learners

The Billings Public Library loves to have students in for a visit. But it also wants students — and their teachers — to be able to bring the library into the classroom.

A $20,000 grant from Phillips 66 to the Billings Public Library Foundation will enable just that, beginning this summer. Read the rest »

Nashville, TN: Studio NPL

Nashville Library Gives Incarcerated Teens the Freedom to Create

How a local public library in Nashville is using digital media to help teens see themselves as readers, and much more.

It began with a simple library lending program.

When funding for the library at the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was slashed in 2015, the staff there reached out to their local public library for help. Read the rest »

Nashville, TN: Studio NPL

Hang Out, Mess Around, Geek Out—Studio NPL Puts Pro-Grade Media In The Hands Of Youth

An initiative to fill community spaces with programs using innovative equipment, software, and professionals is teaching youth how to learn by immersing them in digital arts.

Libraries have changed since my childhood in the 1980s. It’s unlikely I’ll ever again hear the soft hiss of a microfiche viewer speeding through decades of newsprint. Read the rest »