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Fancy Yourself a Bowdlerizer

“Books can be dangerous objects–under their influence people start to wonder, dream, and think.” In “celebration” of Banned Book Week, the New York Public Library has a quiz for you to find out how much you know about the freedom to read. Show More Summary

Just Strings Concert in Santa Monica

7 hours agoMusic / Classical : Sequenza21

On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 the innovative Soundwaves concert series continued at the Santa Monica Public Library featuring the music of Lou Harrison and John Luther Adams as performed by the group Just Strings. Alison Bjorkedal, John Schneider and T.J. Troy comprise Just Strings, who specialize in performing music in just intonation. Ms. Bjorkedal brought […]

Don't Call Me Baby, Sweetie or Cupcake!

Topic: Libraries I’ve worked at my local public library long enough to be on a first-name basis with many of our patrons. And the rest greet me with the courtesy and respect that, as a trained professional, not to mention a woman over 50, I deserve. Except for when they don’t. Show More Summary

Coffee Updates: La Colombe and Caffe Nero Pursue New Locations

And a cafe opens Friday inside the Boston Public Library A Philadelphia-based coffee shop that opened a location near South Station earlier this year is working on plans for another cafe, this time in Back Bay, according to Boston Restaurant Talk. Show More Summary

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Show More Summary

Central Library will screen rare footage of vintage Los Angeles this weekend for free

The films were made by various city departments, including the LADP and public works Los Angeles is a movie town; even the city has produced its own flicks, ones that have documented some big moments, including John F. Kennedy’s 1962 visit to LA. Show More Summary

At NY Public Library, Books Now Ride the Rails from the Stacks to the Reading Room

2 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

A fleet of 24 cars will soon be delivering material from the stacks of the New York Public Library along the tracks of its new "book train."

FEATURE | Prescriptions for Joy: Librarians, Collections, and Bibliotherapy in Pediatric Hospital Settings

How many of the millions of children hospitalized each year in the United States have access to book collections during their hospital stays? How many are offered treatment plans that include bibliotherapy? Public libraries have a responsibility...Show More Summary

An Adorable Red Train That Delivers Books From Storage to the Main Branch of the NY Public Library

2 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

As part of its ongoing overhaul, the New York Public Library has installed a very clever conveyer train that moves research materials from the expanded Milstein Stacks underneath Bryant Park to the main Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Each adorably bright red car is able to travel either horizontally or vertically using conveyor rails embedded throughout […]

Not Everything with Books is a Library

If you closely follow library stories across the world you may have come across this heartwarming one: A small rural public school's largely abandoned library in Las Plumas County, California, was so outdated that it was unusable. AShow More Summary

NYPL Constructs a Train System to Move Around Books

2 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The New York Public Library has set up a new conveyor system inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

The Best Sport Of The Early 1900s Involved Pushing Around An Elephant-Sized Ball

A police vs. firemen pushball game at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (Photo: New York Public Library/Public Domain) Imagine you're touring the shed of an early 20th-century sportsman. It's mostly standard stuff—tennis raquets and lacrosse sticks hang from hooks above the doorframe, and baseball bats lean against the walls. Show More Summary

Pop-Up Perfection: Staging a Pop-Up Library

It goes without saying that the key word in public libraries is “public.” Every day in a hundred different ways public libraries provide an endless variety of services and entertainment to every member of the community who comes through our doors. Yet the question remains how do we make nonusers aware of what we can offer them?

Celebrate Banned Books Week With Uncensored: The Cocktail Party

Don’t miss your chance to party with DC Public Library! Celebrate Banned Books Week with Uncensored: The Cocktail Party on Friday, September 30, 7 PM at the MLK Library. [ more › ]

Sunday Morning Book Thread 09-25-2016: E Deplorobus Unum [OregonMuse]

Public Library, Bogota, Colombia, Interior and Exterior (h/t to Rod for the library pic) Good morning to all of you morons and moronettes and bartenders everywhere and all the ships at sea. Welcome to AoSHQ's stately, prestigious, internationally acclaimed...

The Dapper Dort: 1921

1921. "Dort touring car at San Francisco Public Library." Waiting for Marian to clock out. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

She turned her Glendale home into a public library of Japanese literature

A good book should never go unread. So when Mitsuko Roberts began going through the many tomes in her Glendale home and tallied at least 200 Japanese books, it bothered her that so many were sitting on the shelf, unappreciated. Many had come from Japan, mailed to her from her mother who lives in...

Staff Picks: A nifty way to avoid library fines and two very different types of music

Public libraries’ e-books A selection of fine-free reading (Screenshot: Chicago Public Library) Everybody I tell about this—and I’ve become something of an evangelist/annoyance on this matter—is surprised, so I guess there are still some people left for me to convert. Show More Summary

Boston looking to turn the page on lack of school libraries

Topic: Libraries More than half of public schools in Boston do not have libraries, leaving thousands of students — the majority of them in distressed neighborhoods — without a safe place to study and access to resources so they can learn...Show More Summary

A scene of homeless misery greets patrons trying to use Santa Ana's award-winning library

Topic: Public Libraries ut a visit to the downtown library has become, on many days, a walk through a gantlet of misery: Homeless men and women sleep in the lawn while others plead with visitors for change. Inside the building, signs...Show More Summary

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