Thursday, March 16, 2017

Growing library garden programs from @webjunction

Growing Library Garden Programs: Upon hearing news of First Lady Michelle Obama's surprise visit to school and community gardens, we thought it would be a good time to collect together a list of related resources and examples of libraries who are creating gardens and hosting garden programming. Many public libraries are connecting to community partners and transforming spaces to engage patrons of all ages in growing library garden programs. Perhaps the First Lady could visit some of the many library gardens next! Middle Country Public Library's Nature Explorium in Connecticut: Learn all about this innovative garden in a WebJunction webinar, Explore and Discover: Nature-Based Spaces and Activities at your Library Westbank Community Garden at Westbank Libraries in Texas rents out fourteen 8' x 8' organic plots to community members.


Go and read the above post in Webjunction.  It is a lovely collection of what is happening in the USA in terms of library garden programs.  Library gardens can be useful for so many aspects of library services, and have the potential to connect with:

  • readers' advisory (non-fiction and fiction) - connecting plants to reading perhaps through seeing plants which have been read about, or mirroring the growing of plants described in books, or as a way to explore cooking or the environment.
  • reference and information - a garden may be the answer to information people are seeking, and instead of the answer being found online or in a print resource, the answer may be in a plant in a garden, or in a method of gardening
  • as well as local studies - with the growing of heritage or historic plants
Think about the potential for a library garden in your area.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

print on demand fabric - local studies potential

I recently had my first play with Spoonflower. The image below shows what the print looks like. I was impressed. I hemmed these and they became small table cloths (for gifts).

My first adventures with Spoonflower
There is a lot of potential for local studies digitised material to be turned into fabric, and Spoonflower is just one option.  I am a fan of Redbubble too, for the objects which can be created, but this time I wanted the flexibility of fabric, not an end product.

The print is from hand written recipes which one of my grandmothers recorded, and, as you can see from the scan below, became a bit battered over time.   I like that they were used. I have not made all the recipes on this page, but the Quong Tart Scones and the Current Scones are both lovely (even if I did have to look up weight conversions).
You can see more of these hand written recipes on Flickr.  If anyone wants to help transcribe them, that would be brilliant.  I am doing them slowly as part of a family project.

I have not seen local studies collections encouraging the use of their collections for print on demand fabric, but was impressed to see State Library of Victoria encouraging using designs from their collection for paper.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Boston Public Library profiling love of reading

I thought a while before I wrote that title, but, while obvious, it fits this series on Instagram
This is the first in what promises to be a series of photographs showing children of Boston Public Library staff, and what they like reading.  This is a lovely photograph.

I also like that this is a way to show that libraries have a range of jobs too.  Great work by Boston Public Library.