IMLS Libraries Project

Fall Cohort 2023 (asynch) brings count to 59 cities and towns

In September we launched our third national cohort of libraries and towns using Hive Mechanic, as part of our IMLS grant for “Engaging Beyond Our Walls.” In this round, 15 new cities or towns joined in — from Sweet Home, Oregon, to Rockingham, Vermont.

For the first time, the training is through a self-paced course, rather than weekly Zoom training. It takes about six weeks to complete the course, assuming about an hour a week of training videos and instruction on developing your town’s project.

Here’s a cumulative map of all cities and towns participating over the past two years – with a total of 59 participating locations:

(Green = Fall’23; see also: Spring ’22 red, Fall ’22 orange, Spring ’23 yellow) 

Logos from participating libraries include:

Check back this spring and summer for photographs of early playtests, and emerging models for what libraries can build. Meanwhile, our research continues into how libraries can become “nodes” for community storytelling, and how we can democratize the design process so that ordinary people and community groups can directly make their own interactive stories and outdoor games.

Locations for our fall 2023 cohort:


The San Leandro History Museum


Prairie River Library District, Lapwai Branch


Bartholomew County Public Library


North Liberty Library


Spencer County Public Library


Arrowhead Library System – Bookmobile


Lake Pleasant Public Library


Sweet Home Public Library


Brookings Public Library


Winchester Public Library


Rockingham Library