We’re only a couple of days into our Pin Your Perfect Library Pinterest contest for National Library Week, and the collective inspiration level is higher than a 12-foot cabinet of vertical files.
For those just catching up, on Monday we began inviting people on the social network Pinterest  to start gathering and posting (“pinning”) their ideas for the perfect library. It’s in celebration of National Library Week , April 8 – 14, 2012, the American Library Association’s annual campaign to raise awareness for libraries nationwide.
Because Pinterest is a platform built for sharing visual ideas, and because people who love to read often also love images of libraries, bookshops, bookshelves, library cats, and the like, we thought a great way to celebrate NLW would be to crowdsource the perfect library.
If you’d like to take part, the rules are simple: (1) Follow the Kansas City Public Library on Pinterest. (2) Create a board called The Perfect Library and add the description “This is my board for @kclibrary’s Pin Your Perfect Library Contest for #NLW12.” (3) Start pinning things you’d like to have in your ideal library. (4) E-mail us the URL of your board to enter the contest, which ends at midnight on Sunday, April 15, 2012.
The winner will be chosen by our Pinterest team based on number of likes, repins, and overall originality and style. The prize is a custom prize package of books hand-picked by Readers’ Advisory librarian Kaite Mediatore Stover.
There’s still plenty of time left to enter. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are five of our favorite pins submitted so far.
5 of the Best Ideas from our Pin the Perfect Library Pinterest Contest
1. Books Into Art
“I would love to feature book sculpture art from the mysterious Edingburgh artist,” wrote contestant @ewillse  when she pinned this elaborate musical book sculpture by the unknown artist who left such creations in Edinburgh libraries  last year.
2. Creativity on Display
3. Grand Entrances
Pintestant @kccraftymama  pinned this majestic entrance to the children’s section of the Cerritos Millenium Library . (It’s sort of like a hybrid of our own Children’s Library entrance  and Community Bookshelf .)
The sky’s the limit for @ekh2012 , who wrote, “A planetarium attached to the library would be perfect for astronomy-related programming.” And just cool in general, we’d say.
5. Featured Creatures
And possibly the most unusual idea so far, submitted by @mgogol : a seahorse tank. Why not?
It’s your Perfect Library – don’t limit yourself. And if you’re looking for examples, check out our own Perfect Library pinboard . (And be sure to read Pinterest’s Terms of Service  before pinning.)
About the Author
Jason Harper  is the web content developer and social media manager at the Kansas City Public Library.