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5 Reasons To Love Little Free Libraries

Margret Aldrich | Posted 04.15.2015 | 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 03.27.2015 | 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 03.26.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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.

Creative Solutions to Information Access from Chicago's Chief Librarian

Brad Spirrison | Posted 04.17.2015 | Chicago
Brad Spirrison

Students, small business owners and citizens of all walks of life who otherwise have no or limited connection to the information economy can now at least tap into this foundational infrastructure at any Chicago library.

The Evolving Role of Children's Librarians, a Talk With Little eLit's Amy Koester

Jordan Lloyd Bookey | Posted 04.04.2015 | Books
Jordan Lloyd Bookey

Since my company started partnering with libraries, I have learned more about the incredible number of online resources they offer to patrons. Foreign language classes? Check. Homework help? That, too.

16 Breathtakingly Beautiful Libraries From Around The World

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon and Maddie Crum | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books

What book lover doesn't cherish warm memories of browsing stacks at her college, or attending story time in his hometown? The knowledge housed in libr...

100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A New Paradigm for Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Co-authored by Francine Madera, MADERA inc. Access to information has changed dramatically in the past 2,200 years, yet the basic structure and fun...

Coffee Meets Libraries, And We All Live Happily Ever After

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.27.2015 | Books

There’s no happier relationship than the one between coffee and books, or rather, the relationship between a reader and her coffee and books. There...

With a Book You Are Never Alone

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Bisila Bokoko

My first trip to Ghana was almost five years ago. Like many visitors who have traveled there, I fell in love with the people and the country; I returned from the trip with a desire to contribute, and help Africa develop and grow.

Five Libraries That Go Beyond Books

Chris Barnes | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Chris Barnes

Public libraries can often go underappreciated in the days of Netflix, Spotify and Kindle. But that doesn't mean they should go unnoticed. As many public libraries grapple with how to stay relevant in the digital age, a few are standing out for their unique offerings that provide their community with much more than books.

Why You Should Resolve To Use The Library Every Day In 2015

OverDrive | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
OverDrive

Every January millions of people make resolutions to improve themselves in some way. Whether it's to eat healthier, volunteer more often or learn a ne...

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

Sense and Sensibility: Why Librarians Remain Essential to Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 03.04.2015 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Unless lawmakers can be made to understand the critical role these and other educational professionals play in contributing to schools in which we can all be confident and proud, then many of these positions will remain in jeopardy to the detriment of the students and communities they serve.

Gorgeous Photos of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries

HuffPost Korea | Soo-Jin Park | Posted 12.31.2014 | Books

Photographer and literary enthusiast Franck Bohbot captures the beauty of libraries in his photographs as he tours the world. Bohbot, a French phot...

Librarians! What Are We Hiding?

Roz Warren | Posted 02.21.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

Are librarians still relevant? Useful? What does being a 21st century librarian mean, really? Who exactly are we? And how does the world see us? I decided to perform a quick Google search and find out.

Make New York City's Libraries a Higher Priority

Julie Sandorf | Posted 02.10.2015 | New York
Julie Sandorf

New York City's neighborhood libraries play crucial roles in the life of our city -- ones that often go unrecognized. Yet their need to improve their facilities grows greater, even as the public's reliance on them increases as well.

A Mongkok Morning

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Ever since I had arrived in Hong Kong, people had told me not to leave without going to Mong Kok, a neighborhood in Kowloon, just across the harbor from Hong Kong Island proper, that was home to the territory's second largest Occupy zone.

Close the Broadband Gap

Jim Steyer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Education
Jim Steyer

In the 21st century, it's hard to imagine a corporate world where only one-third of businesses could access high-speed Internet and the rest were relegated to dial-up speeds. Yet that's essentially the reality for our nation's schools.

Steer Your Young Child to the Library

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.13.2015 | Education
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

November is Picture Book Month and this week is National Young Readers Week, which got me thinking about libraries and the tremendous value they offer our young children.