So just what time is it, anyway??

Do children get real instruction today in telling time?  I don’t think so.  We often have kinds come up to the front desk at the library and ask us what time it is.  When we point to the clock on the wall across from the desk, we’re often met with dazed looks, blank stares and kids who will stand there looking at the clock for ages before looking back at us, puzzled.  The reason?  It is just a plain, analog clock.  With hands and numbers.  What?  No digital clock?  Kids these days just don’t seem to know what to do with it!

So, how about this crazy version of a clock, a poem really, that lights up each hour, minute and second with a different word in the poem.  The 6 is for blossom word clock is meant to be creative and mark the passing of time with beautiful words, but this is probably what kids these days feel like when they look at a plain, analog clock.  I don’t get it, and apparently, neither do they.


What time is it?

We laughed the other day because a teenager actually came into the library, looked at the clock in front of the desk and told her friend what time it was!!! This is a very rare occurrence in our library, and one which gives us hope for the next generation, albeit slight.  When we are asked the time, we often motion to the clock, but rarely can someone in their teens tell the time.  It is an old-fashioned analog clock with actually working hands and numbers, not the digital kind, and we find that this causes much confusion amongst the high-schoolers.

But maybe we all view time differently, so maybe we should all have our own types of clocks. What about one of these great designs:



(Photos by Fluke Collective and Design Milk)

If you’d like to see more creative clocks, you can visit the WebUrbanist website here.