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Privacy Protectors: Crucial Contributions by Librarians

Debra N. Diener | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Debra N. Diener

Being able to access online resources and information is a tremendous asset for library users. Doing so without fear of surveillance and scrutiny is critically important.  

How to Prevent Summer Regression in Academics

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

Teachers warn parents to keep up some reading, math, and science during the summer, so kids are fresh to learn in September. August is the month to be thinking about that. But how do you do this without kids feeling their summer's being interrupted by boring school stuff?

Save Your Public Library!

Donald Cohen | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Earlier this month, in yet another win for local control, leaders in one central Florida county rejected a proposal from a for-profit library management company to take over their public library.

Eat Up! 5 Public Libraries' Successful Summer Meals Programs

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 07.10.2015 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Last summer, Nina Lindsay was walking through the Oakland Public Library (OPL) where she works when she saw what she describes as "the best kind of trash." On the floor was a peach pit sucked bone dry.

How The New York Public Library Is Bridging The Digital Divide

The Huffington Post | James Thilman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

 The 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival drew impressive crowds to the picturesque Colorado mountain town in late June, inspiring audienc...

Banana in the Book Drop? Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Roz Warren | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

Life holds plenty of surprises, especially when you work at a public library. Last week, for instance, we found a banana in the book drop. Naturally, I logged onto my favorite librarian Facebook group to share the news.

'Future Library' Reminds Us How Connected Books And The Environment Really Are

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 06.10.2015 | Arts

When we imagine libraries 100 years from now, many of us might picture sterile environments more like computer labs than book depositories -- ...

Would You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance?

Roz Warren | Posted 06.07.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

Despite the odd requests, we librarians remain undaunted. We continue to love library work. And of course, everyone loves a library story with a happy ending. For instance?

Reading Through the Night for NYC Libraries

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 06.05.2015 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

The 24 Hour Read-In is a perfect metaphor for libraries in New York City. There is always someone using our materials and services, day or night, 365 days a year.

The Crucial Role of New York City's Branch Libraries

Julie Sandorf | Posted 05.21.2015 | New York
Julie Sandorf

The 2nd annual NYC Neighborhood Library Awards recognized the crucial role that New York City's branch libraries play in serving the city's diverse communities.

7-Year-Old's Library Wish Inspires Book Donations Across Brazil

HuffPost Brazil | Larissa Baltazar | Posted 05.14.2015 | Parents

"One book is worth 100 books in my heart." "Books have three qualities: having them, exchanging them, and their smell. You can journey throug...

De Blasio Invites Libraries to the Budget Dance

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 05.13.2015 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

There is also the question of good faith action here. The libraries have been extremely supportive of the Mayor and have helped him directly through a number of unfunded mandates.

Claire Fallon

13 Beautifully Unusual Libraries From Around The World

HuffingtonPost.com | Claire Fallon | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
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Library in Muyinga, Burundi There’s just something about a library -- its well-thumbed, plastic-sheathed bestsellers and dusty shelves of ob...

Professor Mike Abrams: Reflections of An Illuminated Friendship

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Education
Randee Mia Berman

I was always a 3M girl. I loved Mozart, martinis and macaroons. And then of course there's Mike. I met Mike Abrams as a studious Cornell freshman ...

Review: 'Our Bodies, Our Shelves' by Roz Warren

Stacia Friedman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Fifty
Stacia Friedman

Libraries are the great American equalizer. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, atheist or devout, have a PhD or are a high school dropout, your public library welcomes you. They have no choice, as Roz Warren explains in her screamingly funny book, Our Bodies, Our Shelves: A Collection of Library Humor.

What Would The World Be Like Without Libraries?

Lindsey Drager | Posted 06.28.2015 | Arts
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Lindsey Drager

Much has been said about the value of libraries and the fear of their decay, both here on the Huffington Post, as well as elsewhere across the web. Re...

5 Reasons To Love Little Free Libraries

Margret Aldrich | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Margret Aldrich

When my husband and I planted a Little Free Library -- a community book exchange -- in front of our Minneapolis bungalow, the response from the neighb...

I'm With Stupid: Meet Bob Noxious, My Local Librarian

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.27.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

At my local library, in the parking lot, by two of the spots near the door, there are signs that read, "Hybrid Low-Emission Parking Only." Excuse me while I go puke, would you?

Why Starbucks and Libraries Need to Talk

Blair Forlaw | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

However well-intentioned, the conversations about race didn't work out at Starbucks. But that doesn't mean that informal connections in public spaces can't take us to a more vibrant and diverse America. I see the potential every Tuesday night when I hang out at the public library.

Decaying Libraries, Crumbling Futures

Jimmy Van Bramer | Posted 05.25.2015 | New York
Jimmy Van Bramer

Our libraries are critical community hubs located at the center of nearly every neighborhood in the city and offer some of the most needed services. As an employee of the Queens Library for 11 years, I witnessed firsthand the impact libraries have every day.

Presidential Libraries: Taking Stock as Obama Readies His Own

Paul Gunther | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Paul Gunther

With the decision pending in just a couple of weeks on Library #14 for President #44, the binding force of these successive projects is the fact that there is not and never should be a single political narrative. Such shifting values rely instead on the bedrock of freedom to sustain the dynamic bonds of the social contract it upholds.

In Japan, A Library Works To Restore What Was Lost In The Tsunami

HuffPost Japan | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

The city of Rikuzentaka in eastern Japan was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that ripped through the area on March 11, 2011. Among the victim...

Reviving the Library in Greece: The Future Is Now for the Future Library Network and the INELI-Balkans Project

Sara Lee Bentley | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Sara Lee Bentley

One of the milestones of childhood is when a child learns to read. It starts out simply; the mere act of spelling out his/her own name and then reading it off a piece of paper is met with much fanfare by the child's parents and teachers. Single words soon turn into whole books.

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

Associated Press | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact

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 s...

Books: A Journey of Self Discovery

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Bisila Bokoko

Growing up, reading was my favorite hobby. I was obsessed with books. Indeed, books were best friends I would spent countless hours with and draw inspiration and strength from. With a book you are never alone.