Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend an event hosted by our sister organization, the Rochester Regional Library Council (RRLC). It was the council’s third annual Silo Busting event, and it was a great way to learn about what is happening with libraries in their area. Similar to a large poster session, representatives from libraries had displays showing the new and creative projects they are working on.
The event was held at the Rochester Brainery, an innovative location that describes itself as “a community classroom and event space.” The organizers offer classes on a variety of topics, as well as offering rental space for others looking to hold social or educational events. I think this is a concept that would work great in Buffalo too!
The Rochester Public Library is partnering with the Healthi Kids Coalition to create an interactive “Story Walk.” This will include sidewalk graphics, play elements on the pavement, and pages of a story mounted on poles. This graphic shows what the finished project will look like.
The Henrietta Public Library has promoted its programs to kids with the creation of the TR Henri character. The friendly Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at the Silo Busting event, and he even has his own Facebook profile. (That’s a standard personal Facebook profile, not a “fan page.”)
The Pioneer Library System has added STEM and maker-related programming at its libraries. The Livonia Public Library has MakerSpace programs for 3 different age groups, and the Allen’s Hill Free Library has a robotics club. Items on display included Cublets, a set of blocks that allows easy construction of robots. As Hope Decker, the Member Library Liaison, explained to me, you don’t even need to know much about computers or robots to run these programs, as the children are able to quickly and easily figure out how things work.