The free CCPL Mobile smartphone app features a Digital Books & Media channel that makes finding and downloading e-books and e-audiobooks from the library’s collection.In addition to using the app to renew and reserve items, patrons can also use the tool to find library branches and hours of operation.
Additionally, the school provides i Pads for all faculty, as well as for students in grades 7-10.Using this technology, users are able to hold up their mobile phones and see archival photos layered on top of the images visible through the camera’s phone.In 2012, the American Library Association recognized the library for offering cutting-edge technologies in library services.” The Cuyahoga County Public Library of Parma, Ohio “created CCPL Mobile, an exciting new mobile app that enhances the library patron experience by giving patrons access to the unprecedented convenience of checking out items using their smart phones.Does your library have a neat service we should know about? And many thanks to everyone who has sent in examples so far.The Kent Free Library in Ohio “has hosted ‘Technology Petting Zoos’ to give patrons and community members a chance to have hands-on interaction with a variety of tablets and e-readers.(The Harriette Person Memorial Library in Mississippi even has Beanie Baby Reading Therapy!) The First Regional Library System in Mississippi has online after-school tutoring, and the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona has live stage shows of favorite children’s books, called “Story Town.” “Staff, partners and volunteers create lively Story Town neighborhoods like Literacy Lane, Fairytale Trail, Book Walk, Downtown, and Art Alley where they make crafts, watch dance performances, and participate in storytimes and mini-workshops throughout the day.” Musical Instrument Check-Out Program – Lopez Island (Wash.) Library Website: Santa Suits – Patrons start reserving them in September at the Bolivar County Library System in Mississippi.A breakdown of these ideas’ overall popularity is included below; more information is included in the report, and tables with demographic breakdowns for each item can be found in the appendix.But we also wanted to include illustrations of some of these more innovative services, to see what they look like on the ground.To that end, we’ve collected examples of many of the types of services mentioned in the report, as well as some “fun and funky” services that we’ve seen pop up at libraries across the county.We’ll keep updating the list with new examples as we hear about them.