April 19, 2018

The Future of Stuff | Designing the Future

The trend of circulating “stuff” other than books and DVDs is not new, but a few libraries have begun to embrace it more fully. For example, the “Library of Things” at Hillsboro Public Library, OR—inspired partly by tool libraries like Berkeley’s and the Library of Things at Sacramento Public Library, CA—offers patrons access to musical instruments, tools such as infrared thermometers and thermal leak detectors, gold panning kits, bakeware and kitchen appliances, karaoke machines, and even commercial-grade popcorn and cotton candy machines.

Lori Easterwood & Jessica Zaker | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Innovators

In 2010, Lori Easterwood (l.) and Jessica Zaker attended a session aimed at pulling in younger patrons called “If You Didn’t Work Here, Would You Come?” Though they both answered no at the time, they’ve since drawn in that age group to the Sacramento Public Library (SPL), starting with the development of alt+library, innovative programming aimed at twenty- and thirtysomethings.