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Where to Philosophize in New York City

Skye Cleary | Posted 11.23.2015 | New York
Skye Cleary

New York City moves fast and aspirations soar higher than skyscrapers. The philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre described it as a place for people who can focus to infinity and whenever he stopped walking quickly, he felt anxious.

Librarians Don't Like CISA

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Christian Zabriskie

Librarians care an awful lot about your privacy. It's not really all that surprising, we have always been the trusted keepers of secrets, the nonjudgemental face at the reference desk.

Conversation with Adam Parfrey (Part Two)

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 10.29.2015 | Books
Michael Nirenberg

Publisher Adam Parfrey was in town a few weeks ago for the Brooklyn Book Festival. I caught up with Adam at his hotel room to discuss the history of his publishing imprints Feral House and Process Media as well as several other things.

Today's Libraries (and Librarians) Have Shaken Off Stereotypical Images

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 10.28.2015 | Education
The University of Central Florida Forum

Ten years, eight months. That's how long I've been an academic librarian. And, still, I love what I do.

How Education and The Library Saved My Life

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

I want to be a writer. I had never before felt anything this sure. I did not dare share this decision with my mother, or my Aunt, or my cousin. Nor did I reveal this to my teachers or classmates or the boys in my 'hood. I did not want to be told that boys like me could not have such dreams.

6 Steps to Raising a Bookworm

Sara Keagle | Posted 10.04.2015 | Parents
Sara Keagle

Get Caught Reading, in case it wasn't implied in the last tip. Be seen reading yourself. Read for pleasure; be the example. Like so many things in life, nothing could ever work quite as well as being their example.

I'm A Librarian Who Banned A Book: Here's Why

The Conversation US | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
The Conversation US

I am a librarian and academic library director and an ardent supporter of free speech and democracy, but in 2012 I banned a book at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

An Extraordinary Library: The Lilly Library, Indiana University

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

After living in the Midwest for about 30 years I really didn't know too much about Indiana -- it seemed like a nice state but my sense was that the state was pretty limited, culturally.

The Books You're Fated to Read

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 09.24.2015 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

It is that very particular exhilarating feeling, when you find a book so scrumptious and exotic you open it with a whisper and close it with a sigh. You've found this book through no one's urging or description or advertising. You wandered alone, woozy in towering aisles with books stacked up to another altitude, on a day when no one seems to have this same idea.

Our Libraries Are in Trouble. Karin Slaughter Wants to Save Them.

Hilal Isler | Posted 09.23.2015 | Books
Hilal Isler

"If you think about how far behind a child would be without access to these fundamental tools -- tools that are vital to successful employment later in life -- it's a travesty. And it's un-American. Equal access to reading is fundamental to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Play With the 'Dragon's Hoard': Jane Lindskold on Libraries

Nicholas Alexander Brown | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Nicholas Alexander Brown

Bestselling and award-winning American author Jane Lindskold loves libraries. It is therefore fitting that she appeared at this year's Library of Congress National Book Festival, which celebrated its 15th anniversary on September 5.

'Dance of the Bones,' a Conversation With J.A. Jance

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.07.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

"When I started out, my publisher felt it would be best to use my initials rather than Judith Ann. They felt revealing my gender would be a liability for a book about a male detective."

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 | 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...