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‘Hands-On’ Libraries Offer More Than Just Books

‘Hands-On’ Libraries Offer More Than Just Books

These institutions are more like labratories that function as a hub to host creativity and interactive projects.

Yi Chen

Online Education Database has rated the top 10 libraries that have reinvented themselves as laboratories. These libraries provide visitors with a hands-on and practical learning approach, as opposed to only book-knowledge.

One of the libraries listed is the Library Farm at the Northern Onondaga Public Library that lets patrons explore and use a block of land for free to grow and harvest organic plants. While the Digital Arts Lab at the Salinas Public Library offer a wide range of Apple computers, tech tools, and powerful software for visitors to design and create their own digital art, music, video, or websites.

Although more and more people are replacing the need to go into libraries with online search tools and e-books, the libraries of tomorrow can remain relevant by becoming community centers and hubs for creativity and innovation.

For a full list of the libraries, visit the OEDB site.



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