Fuse #8

Monday, February 05, 2007

Children's Libraries of the Few-Cha

I try to avoid "old" news, but sometimes I miss something that strikes me funny. Behold information regarding children's libraries of the future.
The project development is based on children's needs, culture and cultural experiences, and the research will be put to use in the shaping of a concept for the interior of the interactive children's library of the future. A library where IT-services based on pervasive computing, broadband network, 3D visualisation and interactivity constitute the instruments uniting the virtual with the physical.
Oh la la. You make me hold my breath when you use all those long words.

How do we create a physical and virtual sensation of being inside and outside, of being both alone and part of a social group?It could be by making use of installations where children by touching can answer questions and evoke light, sound or movements in the room. It could be by making use of interactive programmes built into installations for children to interact with and thereby encourage their interest in decoding symbols, images and text. Children's communication with the library, with the materials, with the room and with other children is visualized and inter-activated.

Sounds not too dissimilar from a library featured in School Library Journal about a year or so ago. Does anyone remember that article? About the library that worked in tandem with the local museum? Doggone it... I'm off to go look it up.

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At 3:18 PM , Blogger Iron Guy Carl said...

Hey there,

This is Carl from Charlotte. Could that SLJ article have been about Imaginon, the collaborative effort between the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County and Charlote Children's Theatre? We built a place that houses both the library and two theatres. Even if it's not the same article, check us out at www.imaginon.org and be prepared to be amazed.

At 8:00 PM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Ah. That's it. Not a museum but a theater. My brains be scrambled. Thanks for putting me ah-right.


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