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Millennials, women and college grads are most prolific library users

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

A Pew survey found that the majority of millennials have visited a public library this year, making them the most prolific library-using generation. An ALA spokesperson attributed this to the libraries' commitment to providing free, fast broadband and the ability to borrow devices such as tablets -- but the survey found that very few patrons use the libraries' apps. (more…)

Lowering the Millennial Boom

“Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.” Pew Research Center drops the boom mic. Pair with this confession by a self-proclaimed librarian drone. The post Lowering the Millennial Boom appeared first on The Millions.

July/August 2017 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The July/August 2017 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online. It is the monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries. Among the feature articles are: Spotting Fake News: Best Practices for Authenticating Sources...Show More Summary

Sunday Morning Book Thread 06-25-2017

Central Public Library, Oslo, Norway Good morning to all you 'rons, 'ettes, lurkers, and lurkettes. Welcome once again to the stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed and high-class Sunday Morning Book Thread, where men are men, all the 'ettes are gorgeous,...

Salt Lake City Public Library hostage incident

Topic: Crimes & Criminals 20/20 did a re-enactment of the Salt Lake City Public Library hostage incident

Libraries across the U.S. are Ready to Code

Editor’s Note: Alan Inouye leads public policy for the American Library Association, and today he tells us about a new partnership with Google that will equip librarians to offer coding programs for kids in their communities Emily Zorea is not a computer scientist. Show More Summary

Build a Better World: Collaborative Summer Reading Program 2017

It’s that time of year again when our nation’s youth flock to their local public libraries to participate in this year’s summer reading program.

4 poets you need to read, from new poet laureate Tracy K. Smith

4 days agoArts : Art Beat

Last week, the Library of Congress selected Tracy K. Smith as the new poet laureate. In a conversation with NewsHour correspondent Jeffrey Brown, Smith said the position was a chance for her to “profess publicly all that I really hold...Show More Summary

The Deseret Alphabet, a 38-Letter Writing System Developed By Mormons

Thirty-two years ago, while on a Mormon mission in Florida, amateur cryptologist Scott Reynolds was browsing a public library in when he discovered a book with pages printed in a code of symbols he did not recognize. There was no key or explanation, but he copied down the peculiar characters. Show More Summary

The NYPL's Rose Reading Room's Ceiling Broke Again, But It's Fine!

On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Public Library had another ceiling issue in their beloved Rose Main Reading Room. Following the incident, which was due to human error (and was not an issue with the ceiling itself) they released the...Show More Summary

Five Decades of Courtroom Artists Capturing What Cameras Can’t

6 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

The Library of Congress selected examples from its collection of 10,000 courtroom drawings to show how artists are essential to public understanding of American trials. The post Five Decades of Courtroom Artists Capturing What Cameras Can’t appeared first on Hyperallergic.

Interracial Marriage

Interracial Marriage: Expectations and Realities Stuart 1973 Submitter: I am not sure this very old scholarly tome is worth keeping in a modern public library. Maybe a research library? Either way, it is not current and could use an update. Holly: This was probably a good, well-researched book in 1973. The expectations and realities are no longer, […]

Obama NSC Advisor Susan Rice’s Unmasking Material is at Obama Library

Records Sought by Judicial Watch May Remain Closed to the Public for Five Years This post Obama NSC Advisor Susan Rice’s Unmasking Material is at Obama Library appeared first on AmmoLand.com Shooting Sports News.

Lectures tackle global poverty, ocean acidification

Amy Smith, senior lecturer and director of D-Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak in the Hermann Foundation Meeting Room at Falmouth Public Library at 3 PM on Wednesday, June 21. D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. The program’s mission […]

Do Not Lick the Books

Designboom has your library porn for the day. Pair with Daniel Penev‘s appreciation of public libraries the world ’round. The post Do Not Lick the Books appeared first on The Millions.

Books on the Southwest

From 2016: The Pima County Public Library's Southwest Books of the Year. [HT: Karlene Edwards]

Mildred G. Burrage’s ”Attack on Bunker Hill“

This map of the Charlestown peninsula in 1775 and the Battle of Bunker Hill comes from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, courtesy of the Digital Commonwealth. It is made of “Painted gesso plaster, with land features shown in relief.”The creator was Mildred G. Show More Summary

Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia Program Expanding

With 12 participating branches, 4 of which are geared towards tweens, while the other 8 are for high school students, Chicago Public Library is planning to add YOUmedia centers to 5 more branches by 2018 with the generous gifts from BMO Harris Bank and Allstate.

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