Like many people digital photography has opened up a whole new hobby to me: photography. I love being able to take as many pictures as it takes to get just the right shot and when I learned how to use the macro setting on my camera, well, suddenly all my photos were extreme close ups. And, like many of you, I share my photos with friends, family, colleagues, and strangers via email, photo album sharing (i.e. Picasa, Flickr, Shutterfly, etc.), Facebook, and my personal blog. Just yesterday I noticed that WordPress had a new theme specifically for photoblogs (Duotone.) Hmm…a blog that is simply a new photo each day. I had thought about doing a “365″ project for a while and this was the incentive I needed. I signed right up for yet another blog. Perhaps you’re wondering what this has to do with teens and libraries? Well, after I posted my first two pictures I started thinking about how much fun it would be to do something like this at the library. I like it that it wouldn’t take up extra space on your website. You could just have a link on your front page to your “Picture of the Day” that would take you to the photoblog.
You could photograph all kinds of things at your library: people doing different activities (reading, using the computer, etc.), beautiful or unusual parts of the building, staff and patrons interacting, children responding to programs, and whatever else might capture your eye. And why not get teens involved in this? What a great way to empower the teens who use your library and support their point of view and art.
Aside from just being a cool project, this is a great way to show the many facets of the library and your community. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words! Have a 365 project? Why not leave a link in the comments?
YALSA Immediate Past President