What will the public library look like in the near future?
The vision of the 21st century library is a place that is open all week long, all year around, and full of exciting activities and resources that the average citizen may be interested in but may not be comfortable investing in right away.
How is this different from a school or community center that offers classes? Simply because the library can offer the most precious resources of all: time and space to explore, tinker, practice, hone skills and meet people over the long term. A class in a college or community center takes a designated time period and then is over. The library is a place where people can return again and again to take instruction, get help, and work on long term projects.
Running a Code Camp for four weeks this summer will test drive the concept of helping teens and adults learn the basic principles of computer coding so that they can create their own web sites, games, etc.
Tinkering is about reaching beyond your comfort zone, exploring new media, material, concepts, and, with the encouragement of fellow "travelers," going to new places in your brain and experiencing the joy of acquiring new competencies. Tinkering, by definition, assumes that an initial failure is merely an opportunity for growth. Tweaking, digging deeper into a flawed initial outcome and finding an answer is how deep understanding is built. It demands greater concentration and a longer attention span. It requires a higher threshold of frustration. This is the scientific method and it can be applied in many venues to a variety of media.