Before I start, I must give credit where credit is due: amazing librarians Chantel Theunissen and Pam Jones of New Zealand for their awesomeness and inspiration to do something with Pokémon GO here in Titusville, PA. They helped me see what libraries are all about once again….people, conversations, and connections. It was perfect timing. I was getting a bit negative there. (sorry)
The idea was simple: purchase a few lures, set a time, set off those lures, and tell people to come to the library. Once they came, the thing that would connect us and start conversation would be Pokémon. We had some books out and about but the real goal wasn’t circulation…it was community building. And it sure did happen.
One helpful way of promoting this event was to target Facebook groups. In my semi-rural neck of the woods I found 4 Pokémon GO related groups. There’s probably more but that’s all I felt that I needed to find to help promote the event. Of course, we also used our own library Facebook page and got our awesome paper the Titusville Herald to also help us by running a story.
Our Youth Services Librarian Ashlee Norwood hangs out with a new library patron and chats about Pokemon GO.
We had a blast running the program for our community. It was two hours full of conversation, sharing, and community building. Will we do this again? Of course! We will do whatever we can to start up amazing conversations with our community.
It rained a bit so we went inside. No worries though! We still had a blast.
Posted in Benson Memorial Library, Community Building, Libraries, Life, Technology, Titusville, PA
Tagged Benson Memorial Library, Communication, Community, Community Building, Connection, Gotta Catch 'Em All, Librarian, Libraries, Library, Lure, Lures, PA, Pennsylvania, Pokemon, Pokemon GO, Share, sharing, Titusville
Today’s the day where we unveil our maker-type things at the Benson Memorial Library. We’ve got the 3D Printer, iMac, Snap Circuits, iPads, Ozobots, and more. It’s an interesting moment for both me personally and for the library.
For the library, it’s a neat step into some stuff that is rather way out there new and exciting for this community. Titusville is a unique place. It’s a small town with a great deal of history behind it that really hasn’t fully come into the 21st century. At times, it feels like it’s in the 50’s or 60’s. That’s not entirely a bad thing…this kind of feeling gives the community a really enjoyable relaxed feeling. It is something I really love about living here. Most people around here don’t know what a 3D Printer is and if they do it almost seems like a dream to them, something that could not come true. But here it is, right in front of everyone now! We’ll see how they use it. We’ll see what they think of it. Every time we try something new in our library it is a great experiment where we learn stuff as we go along. It is not unlike any other library that I’ve worked at, but at the same time it feels different.
For me personally, it’s a weird moment because I’ve been through the whole makerspace/3D Printer/creation thing at the Chattanooga Public Library and with this project at Benson Memorial Library it’s a bit of déjà vu. To do something very similar to that here in Titusville feels….well it feels like I’m repeating myself, and that’s not something I’ve ever wanted to do with the things I am involved with. But it’s not about me at all…it’s about the community, and as I said above this is something very new for them. I’ve gotta keep that in mind as I move ahead.
All in all, we’ll see what happens. Innovation is different everywhere that we go, and I thak Chantel, whom I met at LIANZA 2015, for reminding me of that.
Posted in 3D printing, Benson Memorial Library, Libraries, Technology, Titusville, PA
Tagged 3D Printer, 3D printing, Benson Memorial Library, Chattanooga, Chattanooga Public Library, Create, Curiousity, Maker, Makerbot, Makerspace, Makerspaces, PA, Titusville, TN
These are the days of my life in the first quarter of 2016
- I do not want to see any political posts on social media. I get it! You are passionate.
- If I sleep in a way that is just very slightly off, my left shoulder/neck hurts the next day. If I sit too long, my left knee hurts.
- See above, but I’m calling it: 35 is the age where we all fall apart.
- I can’t do everything. Neither can everyone else.
- Some people are going to be that way.
- I don’t give a shit who you are or what you do or where you come from: be nice to each other.
- iPhones/Mobile phones are the worst/best thing ever.
- We need to figure out a standard price for internet service in America and get everyone on the same page.
- I do not understand the stock market, investments, etc, and at this point I will not even try.
- Haley and I own a house and an old church and it is going to become Fidelia Hall and even if that doesn’t work out in the future we own this giant plot of land with two really cool buildings and gardens and a parking lot and everything is fantastic.
- Even though my physical form isn’t in tip top shape my mental form is better than ever and I love being able to look at everything that comes at me from a balanced point of view.
Posted in Life, Technology, Things, Three Things
Tagged 35, Balance, Fidelia Hall, Haley, Hoenke, Investments, iPhones, Life, Mobile, Stock Market, Thirty Five