A pop-up library uses technology to provide library services in remote locations. It can be indoors or outdoors, be a card-table set-up or resemble a full-service library. A pop-up library can provide many services in many combinations, including:
· Making library cards—The first step in library use is getting a library card. Library software and wi-fi access at an event means you don't have to go to a library building to get a library card.
· Library checkout/checkin—The materials brought to an event fit the occasion: children’s books to a summer-reading kickoff, cookbooks and books on plants at a gardening center, and more. With a library card, you can check out and take home books, CDs, and DVDs.
· Demonstration of library resources—with an Internet-connected laptop, tablet, or a smartphone, the library home page and online resources are a click away.
· Explanation of library policies—Many people are surprised to learn that most items they check out do not have to be returned to the branch where they were borrowed, that our online databases are free, and you can get e-books for most devices...free.
· Placing holds—You want a book we didn't bring? Request items and pick them up at a local branch. It's easy to do with remote computer access.
· Storytimes—Library staff love to read stories to groups of children. Our storytimes model early literacy techniques that families can use.
· Crafts—Simple craft projects attract children and adults.
· Flyers and brochures—They promote library events and services, providing a reminder of what the public has seen and heard.
Today's technology helps the library take its services into the community. The Pop-Up library uses technology and library know-how.
Stay tuned for more posts on Pop-Up Library services, why they are done, and how a Pop-Up Library is planned.
If you would like the WoW! WithOut Walls Library to Pop-Up at your event in Fresno County, fill out or request form- WoW! Pop-Up Request Form