“In a library, there is no hierarchy of things to do. You can come chat with your friend, watch a DVD, listen to music, play video games, go online, drink some coffee, read a newspaper, or simply relax” – Marion Doré, librarian at Caen.
The urban community of Caen La Mer acquired an Ideas Box in 2019 for its network of libraries: Caen, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, and Ifs. This mobile media kit library, developed by LWB, allows librarians to organize outreach activities for people in target neighborhoods and their rural environs who live far from books and are removed from reading.
With the success of the Ideas Box with the community, Caen La Mer acquired a second Ideas Box last summer. It is available to the urban community’s partner associations and will allow us to reach people not used to visiting libraries. We conducted an interview with Marion Doré, librarian and coordinator of the Ideas Box project at the Library of Alexis de Tocqueville in Caen.
Off-site activities in priority neighborhoods
In Colombelles, an old working-class town just outside Caen, the Normandy Society of Metalwork (SMN) kept its blast furnaces glowing for nearly a century. Before its closure in 1993, thousands of employees worked there. The infrastructure has since been demolished: all that remains are the reception booths, the cooler, and the electrical workshop, which has become the WIP Great Hall.
Unveiled in 2019, the WIP is a cooperative space that houses shared work offices, training spaces, a restaurant-bar, cultural events, concerts, and temporary exhibitions. On this September afternoon, two Ideas Box kits are installed in the middle of the Great Hall. One of them has been in the region for two years: used by the Caen La Mer library network, the media library kit allows librarians to link to audiences not used to meeting in their spaces.