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6 former Queens Library trustees sue to get positions back

Six trustees booted from the board of the scandal-scarred Queens public library sued Friday to get their positions back, calling their ouster a 'brazen and unconstitutional power grab' by the borough’s president.

These Librarian Reviews Of Children's Books Are Awesome

9 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Amid the many hidden treasures in the New York Public Library is a huge collection of hand-typed reviews of children's books. Librarians wrote the reviews to assess the quality of the book collection—and, since they were exclusively for internal use, their opinions were brutally candid. Read more...

Harsh Children's Book Reviews

From Quartz. "One hundred years before post-millennial parents were deeming Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs inappropriate for young vegans, the children’s librarians of the New York Public Library kept a card catalog of hand-typedShow More Summary

Summer Reading Programs Finishing Up

Many public libraries have summer reading programs. Does yours? Please comment belowto let us know how it's going/gone... From My Eastern Shore Maryland: STEVENSVILLE — Whoever said summer reading is a drag hasn't been to the Queen Anne's Public Library this summer. Show More Summary

Constant Gardening: Here Now, a Photo Tribute to Danielle Steel's Enormous Hedge

Prolific romance novel author and Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur Danielle Steel lives in a public library limestone manse up on Washington Street, but because she doesn't like to draw attention to...

Book of funny encounters between librarians and patrons

yesterdayOdd : Boing Boing

Gina Sheridan's I Work at a Public Library is a collection of true, weird experiences that public librarians have had with patrons. I read parts of the book out loud to Carla last night and we both chuckled. Read the rest

Sad Book Returned to NYPL After 54 Years

From Melville House: Every so often, a book is returned to the library so late, it makes headlines. The due date of the sad book in this particular headline was August 17, 1959. The New York Public Library recently received a copy of Ideal Marriage by Th.H. Show More Summary

Live From the Public Library: Joseph O’Neill, Joyce Carol Oates and Dr. Funkenstein

2 days agoArts : ArtsBeat

The Live From the NYPL season will include appearances by novelists and scholars, as well as George Clinton, the Parliament-Funkadelic mastermind.

Sex Manual Returned to New York Public Library 54 Years Past Due Date

2 days agoOdd : The Hairpin

by Jia Tolentino The book is called Ideal Marriage: Its Physiology and Technique, and a librarian named (delightfully) Billy Parrott wrote about its late return at the NYPL's blog; the copy of Ideal Marriage was due August 1959, and was mailed from Arizona last year with an note: We found this book amongst my late brother-in-law's things. Show More Summary

Warren G. Harding’s sexy love letters are now available online

The Library of Congress has publicly released the 29th president's steamy descriptions of his penis, Jerry

Muskrat Love

Practical Muskrat Raising Dailey 1954 Submitter: I don’t know how this escaped being weeded before, but it was probably due to its slim size (only 130 pages) and pristine condition (never checked out!). We’re a public library in a fairly rural area where muskrats are a native species, so topics like trapping might be of interest, […]

How Will Kindle Unlimited lmpact The Publishing Industry? A Thorough Investigation

Such as: is it actually any different from a public library? The post How Will Kindle Unlimited lmpact The Publishing Industry? A Thorough Investigation appeared first on ThinkProgress.

What the 'death of the library' means for the future of books

Those predicting the demise of public libraries aren't reading closely enough.

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Excerpt: “I’m enough of a realist to assume that consumers will gravitate to the cheapest, most convenient source of content, whether that’s Amazon or the public library,” said Jimmy Thomas, executive director of Colorado’s Marmot Library Network. Show More Summary

Has The Gulf Of Mexico Hit Peak Oil?

There are enough articles on the “myth of peak oil” floating around the Internet to fill a book; and there are enough books on the subject to fill a small library.  One of the common threads throughout these publications is their lack...Show More Summary

Raunchy Self-Help Book Returned to the Library--After 54 Years

The New York Public Library recently received an extremely tardy return—54 years after it was originally due. Even better, it was a how-to on sexual satisfaction in marriage. Heavens to Betsy! Read more...

Thumbnails 7/28/14

1. "Life (Itself) with Roger Ebert": A wonderful blog post about Roger's legacy from a writer credited as "Richard" at the Vaughn Public Libraries' For Your Leisure blog. “His voice was informative – yet both supportive and biting. I...Show More Summary

A Little Comment about Little Free Libraries (and Time for "My Gift to Parents of Younger Children as They Start a New School Year" Again)

I was excited to see this new Little Free Library right by the children's playground in the biggest public park in my city, until I saw the blatant commercial advertising on three sides of it (which I'm choosing not to show because I'm not being paid, nor would I want to be, to promote that commercial message). Show More Summary

Eye Candy for Today: N.C. Wyeth illustration

The Passing of Robin Hood, N.C. Wyeth On Wikimedia Commons. If I’m reading the Brandywine River Museum’s N.C. Wyeth Catalogue Raisonné correctly, the original is in the New York Public Library. The illustration is from The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Cheswick and N.C. Wyeth. The full edition can be found used; but you […]

D.C. Public Library Establishes Local Punk Archive

Expect a digitized, interactive archive of D.C. punk sometime next summer. [ more › ]

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