Boston Public Library just completed a very social week, filled with convenings, connections, and conversations of the digital and physical variety. Last Saturday, the library hosted a public hearing for Mayor Walsh’s Arts & Culture Transition Team. It was a well attended event and filled with so many social media conversationalists that the hashtag #bosarts trending nationally.
That same day and extending into Sunday, January 26, the library also hosted an event called Brick Factor, which was a competition to select a Master Model Builder to join the staff of Legoland Discovery Center Boston. Lego enthusiasts of all ages visited the McKim Exhibition Hall and watched the contestants build creations, round after round, until a single winner was announced.
Later that week, libraries from across the country and across the world had a little fun on Instagram as well as Facebook and Twitter taking “shelfies” in honor of library shelfie day on January 29. Shelfie is a variation on a selfie, Oxford Dictionaries 2013 Word of the Year. Shelfies feature books, and library shelfies are an even more specific variation on that theme. Search for #shelfie and #libraryshelfie on social media sites to see the range of images shared.