Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pop-Up Here, Pop-Up There, Everywhere....

Even with more than 35 locations all over Fresno County, sometimes you can’t get to the Fresno County Public Library. With all of today’s technology, there ought to be a way to set up a mini- library in places where a bookmobile wouldn’t fit.


Introducing the Pop-Up Library!

We take some library staff, tables, shelves, books, computers, and a wi-fi hotspot, and we have an instant library. Add an awning for outside events, and the Pop-Up Library is ready to make new library cards, check out materials, and make people happy.

Last week, a Pop-Up Library was part of the Summer Reading Challenge Kickoff at Fresno’s Discovery Center. Mark Halvorsen and Terrance Mc Arthur (librarians from the WoW! Library division) made 17 library cards and checked out more than a dozen books in three hours.

Right now, the Pop-Up library is in its testing stage.  You might find it at a gardening center, loaded with books on plants and cooking. It might show up at a farmer’s market with popular novels. It could even be at a child-centered location, packed with picture books, beginning-reader books, and kid fiction.

So, look for the Fresno County Public Library’s Pop-Up Library. You never know where it will Pop-Up!


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