The library has always been a welcoming place, keeping its doors open to involve the community in literary and educational activities. Even with the arrival of the pandemic, where spaces had to remain closed or undergo adaptations, the work did not stop. Institutions throughout the country demonstrated great creativity in online engagement through Recode’s Libraries at Home Challenge.

During the activity, libraries had to identify a problem related to “combating coronavirus” and find a solution through technology. From there, teams recorded a video showing the entire process and were evaluated according to criteria such as clarity and objectivity in the presentation, prototyping, and creativity in the idea.

First place went to the Municipal Library Professora Lêda Rodrigues Silva, from the city of Andrelândia, in Minas Gerais. The winning team created a website prototype that facilitates searching for the collection, promotes virtual reading clubs, and loans books through a “delivery” system.

“We believe that this website has strengthened the bonds between our team and the library users, thus enhancing reading in our community,” highlights the group mentor, Guilherme Landim.

Check out the winning videos:

1st place – Municipal Library Professor Lêda Rodrigues Silva – Andrelândia/MG

2nd place – IF Baiano Campus Teixeira de Freitas Library – Teixeira de Freitas/BA

3rd place – Ofélia Escobar Library – Vila Velha/ES

4th place – Municipal Public Library Epifânio da Fonseca Dória – Poço Verde/SE

5th place – Municipal Public Library of Eldorado do Sul – Eldorado do Sul/RS