Top Twos-Day: Seeds of Change

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O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference is in full swing…view topics, catch live streams of keynote speakers, and more here… Couldn’t attend this year’s TOC? Enjoy previous conferences on YouTube using this link.

Speaking of change…Things are changing at public libraries to avoid extinction, more at Forbes, October, 2012. But in Basalt, Colorado, they’re trying a unique approach: check out a book, pick up a seed packet. NPR reported February 2, 2013, “…makes a public library the perfect home for a seed collection. The American Library Association says there are at least a dozen similar programs throughout the country.” Read more…

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14 thoughts on “Top Twos-Day: Seeds of Change

  1. My first instinct with the library story was “How pathetic. We now have to bribe people to read.”

    But then my mind went to a more thoughtful place: “Hm. The world could always use a little more beauty.”

    And, well, plants and readers are two very beautiful things. So good!

  2. One of the mobile library units here in Colorado offers the seed packs, too. They also carry more gardening books to be checked out, since children and adults decide to try gardening in general.

    • Hey. great to know, Marylin. that’s true, it is a perfect activity for families, particularly multi-generational units. older kids, youngsters, grandparents, everyone can participate on some level!

  3. Roxie,
    I plan to pass this on to a friend who works at the reference desk at a public library. She has scheduled several gardening programs for adults. I’m sure she’d find this article interesting and might get something similar started in our area. Who knows?

  4. I find this a tad odd considering my local public library attracts the public inside simply by offering free internet and wi-fi access. Maybe that’s why the books are still popular in hard copy—not everyone has a computer and internet access. Then again, there are places like the Pine Ridge Reservation which has no public library, no bookstores and very very limited internet access. Many people living there would be thrilled to have a library even without seeds.

  5. Oh now you’ve made me sad. One of the best jobs I had was with publishers where I got to hang out in public libraries and talk to book people. Sigh. Libraries are really moving on and reinventing themselves. (Wasn’t Denver one of the first to get into manga and graphic novels?) One library in Dallas in a new arrival/heavy Hispanic area decided to become the town plaza: everything from “bring snacks and blankets for Friday movies” to English as a second language classes to after school activities and bedtime story times. They wanted to pull the kids in and hand the parents books,too (starting with novellas and Spanish language graphic novels). It was very much a busy happy place.
    Libraries are dynamic. They rock. (sorry to get carried away – but libraries are cool)
    TOC also looks very interesting. Are you there? Will check out the previous conferences.

    • It is sad, Phil…oh how cool, hanging out at the library, and getting paid, awesome! Yes Denver is setting seeds of change, couldn’t resist, and there are many ideas on how other libraries are tackling their budget cuts and lowered interest. They do rock, totally ok to get carried away!

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