Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library
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Bringing Maker-Style Garage Tinkering Into the Local Library

by Zachary Slobig

August 1, 2012

Over in Oak Park, Illinois, the local library converted a 9'x13' glass enclosed space just inside the entrance into the "Idea Box"—a rotating monthly interactive installation for creative engagement that appeals to all ages. For National Poetry Month library patrons could write a poem on the walls using magnetized words. Another month, the space became a working studio where painters and sculptors produced work during regular library hours. The current incarnation allows library goers to create their own constellations out of hundreds of LED touch lights fixed in the walls. It's like a pop-up shop of creative surprises. 

A dynamic participatory experience was not what was waiting for me at the local library I grew up with. What kinds of innovations are reshaping your local library? We'd love to know.

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