The Hyperlinked Library gets Frozen

The first thing that came to mind when thinking about the hyperlinked library model and how people interact with the library was a recent event at the library where I volunteer. The children’s librarian put together an event where kids could come and meet volunteers dressed as Anna and Elsa from Frozen to get their autograph and a photograph with them and then watch the movie. The event was advertised on Facebook and in the library and she was expecting about fifty kids to show up and to have about half an hour for the meet and greet before the movie. I’m not sure what the final numbers of kids were but it was estimated at about two hundred and the meet and great ended up lasting about two hours. Parents had spread the word about the event on their own even calling up friends and family while in line for the event. I find it really interesting how the community further spread the information about the event through word of mouth and on social media. It was also interesting to see a bit about how people were using technology in relation to this event. I met one nice older lady who told me she had brought her IPad to get a picture of her granddaughter and most parents were taking the photos of their children with the princesses with their phones. For parents who did not have a phone that took photos or just preferred a traditional camera could have their child’s picture taken with a digital camera and have it emailed to them after the event. Lastly I also overheard many parents talking about how they found instructions for their kids’ homemade costumes online. Overall it was interesting to see how technology shaped these families interactions with the library both through the libraries efforts on Facebook and such and on their own with steps they took before coming to the library.

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The Hyperlinked Library gets Frozen

7 thoughts on “The Hyperlinked Library gets Frozen

  1. Tash W says:

    What a perfect example about how libraries can be part of a community! I love the enthusiasm of the parents making homemade costumes for their kids! And having people dressed up as Frozen characters was such a great touch for pictures. I LOL’d at taking pictures on an Ipad. My sister and I gave an Ipad mini to my mum and she uses it to take pics all the time of my nephew. It’s pretty much the sole purpose of the Ipad. 🙂

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    1. Caitlin Ferrell says:

      Some of the costumes were really amazing and all of them were super cute. The lady with the iPad was a really sweet lady and really proud of her iPad it was so cute and nice to see how excited she was as well.

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  2. Ann Eleven says:

    “Parents had spread the word about the event on their own even calling up friends and family while in line for the event.”

    That, right there, is library program success! Very cool. I love that parents without a phone or preferring traditional pictures could have a picture sent to them.

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    1. Caitlin Ferrell says:

      I thought having the camera was a nice touch too, I’m not sure how many people ended up using it though it seemed that most people came pretty prepared I saw several parents pulling out their phones in line to get picture of their kids with friends they ran into since there were so many kids in costume.

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  3. Debra Lund says:

    Frozen is a phenomenon. The children’s librarian tapped into this Disney blockbuster success that has gone truly viral. Did she link it to Hans Christian Andersen?

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    1. Caitlin Ferrell says:

      Unfortunately she did not get a chance to do anything like that it was just a meet and great and movie showing. With the number of people attending and the long line of kids that would have been impossible. It would have been a really interesting thing to do though with a more reasonably sized group.

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