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Jul
29

Who plays online games in Australia?

The latest research by Bond University and the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association shows some very interesting results for Australia:

  • 39% of people aged 65 and older play video games
  • 47% of video games players are female
  • 98% of homes with children have video games.

You can see an infographic of the key findings of the report here.

The whole report is here, and includes very useful comparative data from earlier reports. 

There are some videos which help explain the story of the data.

You can see more videos here.

Think about how this data may influence some of your library services.

Jul
24

There's a garden at the library

Community gardens and food gardens in schools have become a common sight in many communities.  Education experts say that “Food gardens are an ideal way for children to develop knowledge and practical skills in garden maintenance, environmental monitoring, organic recycling and food production. They also provide the opportunity to promote healthy eating and a sustainable lifestyle.” 

So it’s interesting to see some public libraries joining the gardening movement creating communal garden space for local residents and in some cases these are also used for children’s gardening workshops.  In NSW there are examples of community gardens hosted by libraries including Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Library
 http://mnclibrary.org.au/newsevents/2014/1/13/calling-all-green-thumbs.html, the Haberfield Community Garden at the Haberfield Library Centre http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/community_gardens.html ,  the Sustainability Street garden at Artarmon Library http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/your-neighbourhood/community-gardens/ and Campbelltown H.J. Daley Community Garden https://hjdaleylibrarygarden.wordpress.com/ .  If you know of others please let us know!
Further reading:
Kallunki, S. (2015). A Bumper Crop of Ideas. Children & Libraries: The Journal Of The Association For Library Service To Children, 13(2), 21-25. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=103155481&site=ehost-live
Hwang Lynch, G. (2014). Dig It! Library Gardens Sprout Up Coast-to-Coast. School Library Journal, 60(8). Retrieved from http://www.slj.com/2014/08/programs/dig-it-libraries-are-creating-gardens-to-expand-their-mission/

It’s interesting to see some public libraries joining the community gardening movement creating communal garden space for local residents.  It's a good example of community engagement and in some cases the gardens are also used for children’s programs.  In New South Wales there are examples of community gardens hosted by libraries including: Port Macquarie-Hastings Council Library, the Haberfield Community Garden at the Haberfield Library Centre,  the Sustainability Street garden at Artarmon Library and Campbelltown's H.J. Daley Community Garden.  If you know of others please let us know!


Library garden - Port Macquarie Library

"Library garden - Port Macquarie Library" by State Library of NSW Public Library Services (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Further reading:

Jul
22

Library as incubator project hangout

Today we ran our first hangout only event.  We have used hangouts as part of seminars, like the recent Makers, craftivists, and public libraries: collections and community connections, so today was the next step to try.


Library as incubator project
had been mentioned by both Leanne Prain, and Jessica Pigza at the Makers, craftivists, and public libraries: collections and community connections seminar.

Laura Damon Moore and Erinn Batykefer highlighed examples from the Library as incubator project website, and The artist's library book. There is a helpful program guide online. They had very practical suggestions about some low cost ways to start in this space, and others which will take some more planning (and a bigger budget). For example, for a different look at reading groups you could explore the Book to art club (there are lots of online resources for this).

Thank you to the libraries who volunteered to participate in the hangout, and those who watched the video stream.

Jul
13

#ireadeverywhere from New York Public Library

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