Friday, July 19, 2013

Library GrabBag: "Finding Art in Unexpected Places"

I've mentioned Soulpancake before, a fantastic YouTube channel and website created in part by Rainn Wilson.  Yes, that's right.  Mr. Dwight Schrute ("Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica").  I was perusing the channel not too long ago and came across one of the street team videos.  They have designed projects that get people and communities talking and thinking in creative ways.  My library has plans to use several of the concepts as passive programming over the next year which is awesome, but this one really struck a cord as something unique.

How awesome is that!  Now imagine putting together a collection of picture frames available for checkout.  You could ask your patrons (or students, teachers, principals!) to take the frame home and take a picture through (and around it) showing what they think is beautiful, or important, or cool.  Whatever really, it doesn't matter.  They return the frame, email you the picture, and voila!  instant display created by your community.  So cool, and so simple.  

So yeah.  I kind of want to go work for the Soulpancake team.  What do you think?  Could you make something like this work in your library?

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