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"Creativity can seem a daunting and elusive topic for those who do not view themselves as particularly imaginative, but Lotts alleviates those doubts early in the book, assuring readers that innovation has a unique manifestation in everyone ... The principles of creativity that Lotts underscores will resonate with any audience. With the guidance outlined in part 1, librarians can consider derivatives of the model activities from part 2. Readers should expect to move through this work quickly because of the succinct length, but also due to the clear tone and anecdotal style. This book is recommended as a starting place for librarians who seek to offer more engaging programs."
— Law Library Journal
"Her message of thinking outside the box is a timely one for library professionals facing shrinking budgets, pay, and staffing while conversely facing increasing demands from administrators as well as patrons ... Though unconventional, this book has a certain charm and utility."
— Catholic Library World
"A succinct guide and useful primer that offers guidance, suggested practices, and recommended next steps for library professionals interested in developing creative practice and programming at their library."
— Technical Services Quarterly
"The first example [in the book] is a Library Lego Playing Station which was cheap to set up and encouraged creative problem-solving through fun play. Other ideas that would work well for public libraries are zines, button-making, experimentation station and my favourite: urban sketching where you ‘show the world, one drawing at a time’ which helped participants connect, share and escape their everyday lives during the pandemic ... I would recommend this book to all librarians who would like to engage with their communities in a creative way through collaboration and taking risks while learning, sharing and creating."
— Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association
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