Libraries and librarians are amazing, and they rarely get the credit they deserve.
My library for sure got me through the pandemic with a steady supply of ebooks.
They do so much for the most under-served areas of our communities every day.
Here are 18 of the most exciting things going on in libraries these days.
1. Cone of Silence
Keeping people quiet has always been an uphill battle for librarians, especially in a world of group projects and shared technology.
Cell phones just add to the trouble because people don’t always police their own etiquette and when you can be reached anywhere, you WILL be reached anywhere.
Now you can take your calls in private!
2. Self Monitoring
Like I said – group projects.
Sometimes it’s necessary to talk in the library.
And that’s okay, just don’t be screaming about it.
For those who need a little help with keeping an eye on their volume, technology can help!
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3. Secret Complaint Line
Neighbor’s not monitoring their own volume?
Loud cell phone conversations interrupting your flow?
You don’t have to handle it yourself, and this library doesn’t expect you too.
4. When All Else Fails
Grab a pair of ear plugs while you wait for the librarian to sort the loudmouths out.
5. Stools For All
Libraries are more than just a quiet place to work in solitude these days.
Now, instead of having to find a workroom with enough space for your group, you can just pull up a chair from anywhere.
Take one literally right off the wall!
6. Try It Before You Buy It
Or maybe you are working alone, but you need to be moving around.
Well now you can!
I have always wanted to try a standing desk or a treadmill desk, but I couldn’t quite commit.
Being able to do this once in awhile, throughout a long writing day, would be amazing.
7. Up-Cycle Aesthetics
When you’re tired of working and walking, this library invites you to put your feet up–on old discarded books!
8. Bee-Hive Yourself
If you need a break from working, mosey on down to the children’s section and check out this incredible living bee exhibit!
9. Bottoms Up
Libraries are changing, but they still have a great selection of books to check out.
They’re also finding unique ways to get books into the hands of eager readers.
Like turning the books on the lower shelves so that you can read the spines without doing squats.
10. Don’t @ Me
Librarians are also the best at coming up with clever book display ideas.
All to help books find readers, and readers find books.
11. Spy On Your Neighbors
What better way to find your next big read than to check out what other people are reading too?
Word of mouth always was the best way to find the next great thing.
12. LibGuides to Tough Topics
They’re sensitive to the fact that sometimes you need a book you don’t want to ask for, and not everyone knows how to use the catalog to find it on their own.
13. Surprise Me
For when you just don’t know what you WANT, but you know what you LIKE.
Because sometimes you don’t have the time or brain space to decide.
Let a librarian do it for you.
14. Marathon Movie Night
Sometimes you want to have a marathon, but you can’t get all the things.
Well now you can.
This library has grouped them together into marathon kits so you can binge to your heart’s content.
15. Book 1A Please
Available 24-7, book vending machines really are a thing now.
They’re quick, easy, convenient, and freaking brilliant!
16. Rolling Library
If you thought the book vending machine was cool, check this out.
Libraries have always been great about meeting people where they are.
Remember book mobiles?
Well now there are libraries built into actual subway trains! BECAUSE WHY NOT?
17. Not Only Books
I’ve heard of libraries that will let you check out art prints to hang on your wall.
Well this library has figured out a cool niche.
After all, how many times is your kid going to want the Darth Vader birthday cake?
18. It All Adds Up
The value of libraries is continually debated and called into question.
You can’t put a number on many of the services, like story time for the kids and reading groups and meeting spaces and community events.
But some libraries are fighting back, finding ways to remind us just how much they are worth, when it IS quantifiable.
I love these posts, and I think maybe “cool library things” need a dedicated subreddit all their own.
Everyone has a library story. Share yours in the comments!