The visuals show how libraries can help patrons not only learn much-needed skills but also live happier lives and be creative in trying new things.
Day after day, we are browsing the web for new resources that help spread the love for books and libraries.
I have to admit we missed these brilliant visuals. They were designed and published back in 2018 as an outcome of projects running within the UK’s innovation fund Libraries: Opportunities for Everyone (LOFE).
The fund enabled participating libraries to try new, innovative activities without fear of failure. In total, 30 projects were funded, and they were running in 331 locations across England, operated by 46 library services.
The flowcharts show what the library services had learned from the projects. The greatest thing is that they are specific case studies showing the benefits of using a library service in general.
Backed by facts, stats, and opinions from project participants, they are a fantastic source of inspiration. You can read the full evaluation of the LOFE project here.
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Coffee and candle warmer with USB charger
This innovative little accessory that guarantees your coffee or tea will be always warm. You can also use it to release the scent from your candle without lighting it. Thanks to USB port, you will be able to charge your phone while reading.
From a German brand Nachteule comes a clever book light that you attach not to a book but your reading glasses. It’s so light that you can also clip it to your earphones or hair accessories! The built-in battery will let you read 200 pages.
Hands-free pillow stand – great for e-readers and print books
An improved version of a popular Lamicall tablet pillow comes now with a side pocket for a pen or small accessories. The grooves are deep enough to hold a print book. It’s made of durable materials and is available in five fashionable colors.
A bookworm is a person who re-reads books forever. This vintage BKWRM FRVR design comes with definitions of words “bookworm” and “forever,” as well as engraved reading glasses. A fantastic gift for a book lover in your life.
Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.
‘Nora dear, it’s natural to worry about your future,’ said the librarian, Mrs Elm, her eyes twinkling.
Mrs Elm made her first move. A knight hopping over the neat row of white pawns. ‘Of course, you’re going to be worried about the exams. But you could be anything you want to be, Nora. Think of all that possibility. It’s exciting.’
‘Yes. I suppose it is.’
‘A whole life in front of you.’
‘A whole life.’
‘You could do anything, live anywhere. Somewhere a bit less cold and wet.’
Nora pushed a pawn forward two spaces.
It was hard not to compare Mrs Elm to her mother, who treated Nora like a mistake in need of correction. For instance, when she was a baby her mother had been so worried Nora’s left ear stuck out more than her right that she’d used sticky tape to address the situation, then disguised it beneath a woollen bonnet.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men,but that men will begin to think like computers.
– Sydney J. Harris –
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.