A library is more than a collection of books. It’s a community space dedicated to information and imagination, with staff, friends, and customers keeping it moving. Now Pierce County Library is sharing that vitality in a new, browseable, interactive online photo album.
The album is only a few months old, but it’s already showing a pleasant mix from around the system. There’s the Pirates of the Caribbean fan at Tillicum, the Daffodil princesses presenting a reading award to St Francis Cabrini, and a playful meeting of the Jurassic Toy Council.
Steve Campion, the library’s System Trainer, has been snapping pictures during the course of routine business for several years now. Most of his photos have appeared on the library’s websites, but he thought it would be a natural progression to set up a library Flickr account and give people in the community the chance to see some of the places, faces, and activity that make up the library. Several other people have submitted photos, too.
Anyone with an Internet connection can see the photos, but people with Flickr accounts — a free membership with the online photography website — can comment on the pictures, too. “Several local people have left comments,” Campion said. “That’s wonderful. They see someone or something familiar and want to leave a note. We’ve had people chime in from Vancouver Island and California, too. Even Poland and Norway.”
The library is more than a month into a “365” project, too. That implies posting at least one new library-related photo each weekday for a year. You can see — and comment on — that colorful set online, too.
The library’s Flickr page: www.flickr.com/photos/piercecountylibrary.