Visiting the New York Public Library!

It has become a tradition of mine to visit local libraries during my vacations. So when my daughters and I recently visited New York City, visiting the New York Public Library was a MUST.

The New York Public Library was founded in 1895 and is the nation’s largest public library system. There are 88 neighborhood branches and 4 research centers. These libraries serve more than 17 million patrons a year! Incredible! Get a glimpse into how important these libraries are by checking out their At A Glance statistics from 2014. Impressive!

Here I am outside the Stephen A Schwarzman Building. It is one of the four scholarly research centers.



One of the most notable public sculptures in New York City are the Library Lions outside of the NYPL. Here are my daughters posing with Patience. Visiting the library was a highlight of the trip for them…even if they didn’t really say that. 🙂



Found these lego lions in the Children’s section and immediately thought of Makerspaces! Wouldn’t it be incredible to build something like this for our library?!



I absolutely loved visiting the NYPL. The only negative thing was that the store was closed when I was there. Bummer! Luckily, they have an online store. Time to start shopping!

Makerspaces…the new frontier

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For the past few years, there has been a lot of buzz around makerspaces in the library. Makerspaces provide an area for students and teachers to think, learn, and create in a variety of areas.

Deciding to implement a makerspace in your library is one thing. It’s another thing to actually plan it out and do it. There are a lot of things to consider when deciding on the right kinds of makerspaces for your library. Location, budget, tools, projects, resources, time, and much more.

This summer I’m taking an online Makerspace workshop through Library Journal/School Library Journal to help prepare me to start a makerspace here in the Tompkins Library. I’ve also found some really great information in this FREE Makerspace Playbook.

What kinds of makerspaces would you like to see in the Tompkins Library? [formidable id=8]

Paper Towns…the movie

PaperTownsIn case you haven’t heard, author John Green has another book that has been made into a movie that will hit theaters on July 24th. Paper Towns is the story of Quentin Jacobsen and his quest to solve the mystery of  Margo Roth Spiegelman.

It’s nerve wracking when one of your fave YA books is being turned into a movie. All you can do is cross your fingers and hope they get it right.