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The secret life of a public library security guard

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In between the rare maps and historical stacks, fishing out fornicators and nixing narcotics transactions are all in a day’s work for one of Portland’s finest. Illustrations by Alex Nallis Read the rest

Monday Is Casimir Pulaski Day

The first Monday of March is that most Illinois of holidays, Pulaski Day. Most Cook County and Chicago government agencies and offices are closed. Chicago Public Schools will be open. Chicago Public Libraries are all closed. Most banks are open. Show More Summary

Tom Wolfe Looks Over His Notes

“They’re calling it an archive,” Tom Wolfe points out. “It makes me feel very important.” Wolfe is standing next to an exhibit of his papers at the New York Public Library. In 2013, the library paid just over two million dollars forShow More Summary

Islamic State burns thousands of rare books at Mosul library

Continuing to display its barbaric act to the world, Islamic State militants ransacked the public library of Mosul in Iraq and burned down thousands of rare books and manuscripts, reports claimed on Thursday. According to initial reports, around 8000 rare books and manuscripts were set on fire by the ISIS militants. “A Mosul library official […]

Boston, 1956

3 days agoVehicles / Cars :

While most of the Leslie Jones photos we’ve seen in the Boston Public Library’s photo collections on Flickr depict scenes of automotive carnage and mayhem dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, these three set a more placid scene on an October 1956 day around Copley Square, with Trinity Church dominating the background of each […]

Here Is Why ISIS Hates Books So Much

Last Sunday, militant members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked the Mosul Public Library in northern Iraq. According to a recent report by the Inquisitr, the library contained more than 8,000 manuscripts and artifacts, most of which were rare, old and had incomparable historical value. Show More Summary

From Manhattan Doorsteps to Brooklyn Living Rooms, a Photographic Map of 1970s New York

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Two 1970s photography series that chronicled the urban landscapes of New York City are now accessible on interactive maps through the New York Public Library's ongoing Photo Geographies project.

Top Checkouts From New York Public Libraries

3 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

New York Public Library releases breakdown of their most-wanted titles. News by Peter Derk New York Public Library released a list of its most-checked-out titles, and even better, the list is broken down by branch. You can read the full list here, but let's look at some highlights. Manhattan, Chatham Square: Lao fu zi si ge liu ge by Ze Wang. Show More Summary

Islamic State Burns Over 8000 Rare Books As Demonstration of Faith

4 days agoNews : Jonathan Turley

We have previously discussed the burning of rare books by Islamic State. Now, a new report says that the group has burned more than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts in Mosul. They then reportedly bombed the Mosul Public Library according to the director of the library. The latest losses including manuscripts from the 18th century, […]

Florida Crazies: Homeless Man Popped After Urinating All Over Books At Public Library

Homeless Man Arrested Urinating On Books At Library What else are public libraries good for?? Via Click Orlando: A homeless man was arrested by Lake County deputies after they say he urinated on books at the public library. Benjamin

The Secret Life of a Public Library Security Guard | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.

Topic: Libraries In between the rare maps and historical stacks, fishing out fornicators and nixing narcotics transactions are all in a day’s work for one of Portland’s finest. From The Secret Life of a Public Library Security Guard | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.

How Libraries Are Adapting To Help Homeless Find Jobs, Health Services

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can...Show More Summary

Benjamin Wilson Accused Of Urinating On Florida Library Books

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Burning books is bad enough, but peeing on them is another thing entirely. Police in Tavares, Florida, arrested Benjamin Wilson over the weekend after he allegedly urinated on a set of books at the city's public library. Library staff...Show More Summary

NYC Space/Time Directory, A Project to Create an Interactive Historical Map Interface of New York City

6 days agoHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

The NYC Space/Time Directory is an on-going project created by the New York Public Library designed to compile and create an exhaustive interactive map of New York City that allows users look up historical locations, events, and people in the city over the centuries. The NYC Space/Time Directory will make urban history accessible through the […]

PA: County Commissioner to Propose Fare-Free Transit Service for Seniors to Libraries

Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler Monday said he plans on proposing a fare-free transit service for county senior citizens to get to and from public libraries in the service area. The seniors would be transported through the...Show More Summary

Words of Praise For Microfilm, An Overlooked But Essential Library Tool

6 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

There are some great research-minded tumblrs out there — I highly recommend JSTOR's — the Muncie, Indiana Public Library is celebrating technology month in February. They asked their local history librarians what they thought the best technology was. They were big fans of microfilm. Read more...

Egg Carton Zoo

Egg-Carton Zoo II Haas, Blohm & Blohm 1989 Submitter: Our district, a medium sized public library, haw been doing some pretty heavy weeding and one of the places I’ve been working has been the Juvenile 700’s. When I first saw this, I thought how long has this been hiding here? I thought for sure it was […]

E-books proving costly for Richmond Public Library - News - Richmond News

Topic: Money Issues Rising salaries, electronic book costs and a steep decline in book fines are putting financial pressure on the Richmond Public Library. On Monday, the city’s finance committee approved a $200,000 temporary boost to...Show More Summary

The most popular books at some of New York’s public libraries

Topic: Libraries But other titles were less predictable — a book on salesmanship was tops in Hell’s Kitchen, zombies are big in The Bronx, and a book about the infamous Kitty Genovese murder in Queens was the most checked out in Great...Show More Summary

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