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One Is a Great Man. The Other Is the President-Elect.

(Photo: AP/Mark Humphrey) Representative John Lewis poses in the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library on November 18, 2016. T here may be no two Americans more different—in background, temperament, and career—than Donald...Show More Summary

In Two Words: How Can We Connect a Fractured Nation?

Demographics aren’t just about identity. They’re about how and where different populations interact. Social infrastructure is the network of physical spaces and institutions — from sidewalks to public parks, libraries to cafes — that, when robust, promote community-building activities among otherwise diverse clans. Show More Summary

An Era of Activism Like We've Never Seen?

On January 15, I went to a rally on the steps of the New York Public Library. It was sponsored primarily by PEN--an organization of poets, essayists and novelists (of which I am a member) to focus attention on protecting the First Amendment--freedom of speech. Show More Summary

Returned 100-year-old overdue library book has the perfect name

Emily Drooby, Buzz60 A library book that was 100 years overdue when it was returned has the perfect name... "Forty minutes late, and other stories." Judy Wells took full advantage of San Francisco Public Library's beginning of the year forgiveness plan, which allows people to return their old books without being charged a fine. Show More Summary

Aurora, Colorado; Republican Congressional Representatives in Action

In Colorado, on Saturday, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman held an event for his constituents at a a public library in Aurora, Colorado. At least 150 constituents showed up, most of them hoping to ask Coffman about his recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his plans for a replacement. But only about 70 […]

SF Public Library’s quest to put diversity on shelves - SFGate

Topic: Libraries But here’s the thing: The characters will probably be white. Despite a push by book lovers for more ethnic diversity in published books, library shelves have remained largely uniform, with white authors penning tales about white people, statistics show. Show More Summary

SF Public Library’s quest to put diversity on shelves

Crack open a book at the San Francisco Public Library, and you can find tales about dragons and castles, ancient cultures and traditions, mysteries and romances. Despite a push by book lovers for more ethnic diversity in published books,...Show More Summary

GOP Congressman, Overwhelmed by Constituents Concerned About ACA Repeal, Sneaks Out of Event Early

On Saturday, Republican Rep. Mike Coffman held an event for his constituents at a public library in Aurora, Colorado. At least 150 constituents showed up, most of them hoping to ask Coffman about his recent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his plans for a replacement. Show More Summary

Lion dancers bring taste of Chinese culture to SF libraries

The Chinese New Year is set to start Jan. 28, and in preparation for the Fire Rooster Year — which hasn’t happened since 1957 — lion dancers made their rounds of public libraries across the city Saturday, as they do every year. A crowd...Show More Summary

Yertle, The Commander-In-Chief

Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own. The Cat in the Hat, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Horton Hears a Who!...Show More Summary

Yertle, the Commander-in-Chief

Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own. The Cat in the Hat, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Horton Hears a Who!...Show More Summary

This Dr. Seuss story is the perfect tale for the new Trump era

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Dr. Seuss taught me to read. My older brother brought Seuss books home to me from the local public library because I was too young to have a library card of my own.  The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who! Bartholomew and the Oobleck — all, for better or worse, played a role in my early childhood...

Library cuts harm young people's mental health services, warns lobby

Professional body Cilip highlights work helping troubled youngsters and warns that reduced funding will shunt problems on to NHS and police Public libraries’ significant role supporting the mental health of young people risks being undermined by swingeing budget cuts forced on local authorities, the head of their professional body warned this week. Show More Summary

Library Experts Weigh in On Next Register of Copyrights

In the wake of the October 29 resignation of Maria Pallante, the former Register of Copyrights, the Library of Congress (LC) has put out a call to the public for input on the expertise needed by the next Register of Copyrights. (On January 17, Pallante will join the Association of American Publishers as president and CEO). Show More Summary

Petition to Save the Rose Reading Room of the NYPL

Topic: Public Libraries The Committee to Save NYPL is petitioning the Landmarks Preservation Commission to officially designate the Rose Reading Room and other public spaces in the 42nd Street Library as interior landmarks. We need your...Show More Summary

Branching Out, January 2017

Albany Public Library, NY, Board of Trustees refinanced $29.1 million in bonds to improve five branches; the Ashtabula County District Library, OH, reopened; Clark Art Institute's Manton Research Center, Williamstown, MA, was completed; and more new construction and renovation news from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

FEATURE | Public Libraries in the Age of Fake News

Scrolling through my Twitter feed the afternoon after the election, I was surprised to see so many people tweeting that the results were in: Donald Trump had won the popular vote. It surprised me because earlier that morning I had heard on the radio that Hillary Clinton was pulling even further ahead of Trump. Show More Summary

FEATURE | Civil Rights Training at Nashville Public Library

In light of recent and continuing conflicts between citizens and police across the nation, the Nashville (TN) Public Li­brary (NPL) has partnered with the Nashville Police Depart­ment on a groundbreaking diversity education initiative that aims to improve understanding and communication between police forces and citizens. Show More Summary

DC Rebirth Titles Available for Free on hoopla digital

The first collected volumes for DC's Rebirth event are now available on the e-reading and streaming service available through public libraries. The post DC Rebirth Titles Available for Free on hoopla digital appeared first on CBR.co...

Preparing for the Challenges Ahead

If the election has taught us anything, it is that standing quietly on the sidelines simply emboldens those who oppose our values. Join me and PLA as we ensure that public libraries are a safe place—free of intolerance for our communities and our staff.

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