Today we invite you to take a look at some inspiration for librarians who are looking for fun ways to get creative. Pick your favorites, try them out, and share your results with us here, on Facebook, or on Twitter! – Holly
by Lauren Gottlieb-Miller, illustrated by Oliver Bendorf
Inspired by Yoko Ono’s book Grapefruit.
STACK PIECE 1
Take a row of books and imagine how they could be arranged differently. Then do it.
STACK PIECE 2
Record the number of laughs heard in the stacks:
1) At dawn
2) In the Morning
3) In the Afternoon
4) In the Evening
5) Before Dawn
If no one is laughing in the stacks, install something, and try again tomorrow.
Instead of shushing, encourage everyone in the library to speak louder.
Encourage those already speaking loudly to sing.
Invite those already singing to dance.
CITY PIECE 1
Create mini libraries of five books or less in bus stations around town.
Envision a research guide that a houseplant might want to use. Create it.
REFERENCE DESK PIECE
Disband the reference desk for the day.
Invite patrons to sit at tables and allow other patrons to ask them their questions.
DICTIONARY PIECE 1
Get a large scroll of paper.
Instead of looking up a word, patrons write the word they want to know.
Patrons who know a word on the scroll write what it means to them.
Catalog the scroll for reference. Keep it full of paper.
DICTIONARY PIECE 2
Take old dictionaries and let the children draw in them. Distribute the drawings to people in the library.
Write a short poem and hide it in each book you catalog today.
CITY PIECE 2
Wear a sign that says “I’m a librarian” all day. Help people where they are.
Lauren Gottlieb-Miller is a writer and librarian living in Madison, Wisconsin. Before moving to Madison for library school, Lauren worked for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Oliver Bendorf writes, draws, teaches, and attends library school in Madison, Wisconsin. His book of poems, The Spectral Wilderness, is forthcoming from Kent State University Press.