The Week in Library Land: June 30th to July 6th

Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s the humidity, maybe it’s the fact that is was Canada Day and the Fourth of July, maybe it’s the Women's World Cup. Whatever the reason, this was the laziest week in Library Land ever. How lazy was it? Why there were only three library visits - and all of them were repeats and one was after hours to play Harry Potter Wizards Unite!

The week started promisingly enough at the Boston Public Library on Monday morning. The Central Library in Copley Square is always a real pleasure and this visit was no exception. Have we mentioned how great the seating area is near the News Feed Cafe? Looking out at Boylston Street while working and writing is a fine way to spend a day. So is the second floor area by the information desk. In fact, there are so many fine places to work at the BPL that you’re really spoilt for choices! 

Of course this talk of the BPL may beg the question, “what were you doing there in the first place?” Glad you asked. We were meeting with someone from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. This organization is critical to funneling state monies to the various libraries and it was really interesting to learn more about how the various organizations that support the state’s libraries work. There’s not a lot to say about what we heard but it will definitely help shape our thinking as we continue our work on the Library Land project.

On Tuesday morning it was the Lincoln library. There was writing and editing to be done and this is one of our favorite spots for that kind of work. We’ve now had the opportunity to work in all of the various spaces the library has to offer. This time it was the reading room that once served as the director’s office back in the day. Now it’s a quiet study space and it was just what the doctor ordered. 

The last library visit for the week was pretty lame. It was Friday night and the time seemed right to visit a library to play a little Harry Potter. The Morse Institute in Natick was the target destination and it didn’t disappoint. In case you’re not familiar with the game (and honestly, unless you’re kind of a nerd, why would you be?) it's an augmented reality game that encourages players to explore the real world, which is populated with all kinds of magical content. 

Libraries figure big in the Harry Potter fandom. Check out Harry and the Potters - the first wizard rock band - and you’ll see they’re playing in a ton of libraries. That connection plays out in the game as well, with libraries being special locations. It’s all good fun and it was a fun (if super short) trip to the library that night!

Well, that’s about it for the week in Library Land. It was short but sweet and we promise that next week we’ll be back on the road with more exciting stories, photos and experiences to share!