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Julia Davis Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Julia Davis is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 4415 Natural Bridge Avenue at N. Newstead Avenue in the Penrose Neighborhood. The branch is unique in that it was the first library to be named in honor of a living person. Show More Summary

Appeals court: Watching porn in public is not a constitutional right

A college student, after being fined $295 for watching pornography in a school library, alleged that porn in public is a constitutional right.

Beautiful and Bizarre Vintage Valentines From the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection

Though it can certainly feel like a hopelessly contemporary celebration of the commodification of human affection, Valentine’s Day has been a romantic holiday of sorts since the 1400s — and the associated exchange of paper cards dates back to the 19th century. …Read More

Got Overdue Books? CPL Amnesty Is On

It's Amnesty Time! Break out of Library Jail and get back into the Chicago Public Library's good graces.Until February 18th, any borrowed materials that are overdue (books, DVDs, CDs, whatever) will be accepted without past-due fines. Show More Summary

Charing Cross Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Charing Cross is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is one of three express, or mini-branches along with Marketplace and Central Express. It is located at 356 North Skinker Boulevard at McPherson Avenue in the Skinker-DeBaliviere Neighborhood. Show More Summary

The World's Largest Collection of Chinese Food Menus Was Collected by Single Man

A dinner menu from the 1850s for Astor House in New York City, from the Butolph collection of menus. (Photo: Public Domain/New York Public Library) Just in time for Chinese New Year, the University of Toronto Scarborough has acquired the world's largest collection of Chinese restaurant menus. Show More Summary

Christopher Sorrentino's 'The Fugitives' spins a story of deception and double-dealing

At the heart of Christopher Sorrentino's stunning new novel is a storyteller. To writer Alexander "Sandy" Mulligan, John Salteau is an Ojibway man who tells native tales to children at the Cherry City public library. But to newspaper reporter Kat Danhoff, the storyteller is Jackie Saltino, a bagman...

An A-mazing Library Program

Every once in a while, a library comes along and really inspires the community with a new program or event. Most recently the Denver Public Library hosted an event of epic proportion-they created a giant cardboard maze, with a Harry Potter theme. The maze (which measured 75? long, 15? wide, and 6? tall) was constructed in […]

Got overdue books? Chicago Public Library will waive all late fees starting today

For the first time in more than three years, the Chicago Public Library is offering amnesty to those who owe book fines. Starting today, and lasting through Feb. 18, you can return your overdue library materials and all late fees will be waived. "What we learned in the last fine amnesty was sort...

Kingshighway Branch of the St. Louis Public Library

Kingshighway is one of seventeen branches in the St. Louis Public Library system. It is located at 2260 South Vandeventer Avenue in the Southwest Garden Neighborhood. It takes its name from the most recognizable street in it's vicinity, even though is at the intersection of Southwest, Kingshighway and Vandeventer. Show More Summary

David Giles and Story Bellows: BPL’s Strategy Team Looks Ahead

In Fall 2015, the Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) strategy team gained two codirectors, David Giles and Story Bellows—urban innovators with strong backgrounds in government policy. Giles joined the library as chief strategy officer in...Show More Summary

With New Program, D.C. Public Library Will Give Young D.C. Kids Books

With the Books From Birth, children can receive one book each month through the age of five years old. [ more › ]

IFLA Updates Statement on Public Lending Right to Include eBooks

1From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Announcement: On 9 December 2015, IFLA’s Governing Board approved an updated Statement on Public Lending Right (PLR) including a new section on eBooks. The updated statement...Show More Summary

A Guide to the Long-Lost Pro Sports Stadiums of Los Angeles

LA's Gilmore Stadium via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection The NFL is returning to Los Angeles with a super-fancy new stadium in Inglewood. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Rams (and possibly the Chargers) will play in the Los Angeles...

Afraid to Ask

Afraid to Ask: A Book For Families to Share About Cancer Fine 1986 Submitter: My local library has a large network of branches. Also included are the libraries at all the public schools. This 1986 book on cancer came to me via one of those schools. The entire system has 6 copies. I would argue […]

“Creativity in Bondage” Discussion in Hingham, 7 Feb.

On Sunday, February 7, the Abigail Adams Birthplace and the Hingham Public Library will present a program on “Creativity in Bondage: Slave Artist Prince Demah and Writer Briton Hammon.”The event description says:Prince Demah’s portraits...Show More Summary

Toni Morrison + Angela Davis Talk Frederick Douglas + Education + Liberation

Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison + activist and author Angela Davis, in a wide-ranging talk on Frederick Douglass, education, and liberation, recorded in 2010 at the New York Public Library.

A handy sign that a local government is shirking its public duty: privatizing the library

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The list of responsibilities that a local government must shoulder isn't an especially long one. Typically it includes keeping the streets paved and the streetlights lit, maintaining adequate police and fire services, inspecting buildings, sometimes providing water. One hallmark of almost every...

'The time is now.' SRO at Saturday's Talk on Homelessness, Art

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

C. Davida Ingram (at the podium) facilitated a talk with Mary Flowers, Martha Rosler, and Alison Eisinger (L-R) on Saturday night at the Central Library. Four more public discussions on gentrification and homelessness at the library are coming in 2016. Show More Summary

The New York Public Library’s Favorite Recent Indie Press Approaches a Constant Frailty

In “The Best Indie Press of the Past Week,” The New York Public Library’s Ian Baran points out books of poetry that “approach the frailty that is a constant throughout our lives, trapped in ourselves, trapped in imaginary worlds, trapped physically, [that] relate this in a way that communicate perseverance and communication, continually pushing past […]

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