I’m sure this isn’t a new idea but I haven’t heard of it before. Manly library in Sydney is running a Lego in the Library event. Strikes me that this is a perfect fit with a key library audience (young kids) and also fits with the thought of developing a creative and inquisitive mind.
BTW, has anyone ever twinned public libraries in the same way that towns within Europe tend to be twinned? This could turn into a giant gravy train but done well it could be a great way of sharing ideas across cultures.
One other thing (for Steve). Yes, I am a reluctant futurist in the sense that I don’t necessarily think that every new idea (especially elements of digital technology) is good and I spend quite a bit of time thinking about how to prevent the future. In the case of public libraries this means that, whilst I appreciate the benefits of technological tools in a public library context, I also believe that we should, in some instances, fight to preserve what makes libraries increasingly special, which is non-digital and non-distracting objects and environments. This doesn’t mean that computers, social media and so on are banned – very far from it – but there needs to be a balance between the old and the new.
But that’s just my opinion.