I come from a long line of Takers, in the strict sense of the (idiotic) term. My grandparents, on both sides, came to this country from eastern Europe, in steerage. They lived in the Bronx -- my much maligned New York City borough -- and worked hard all their lives.
Adding value doesn't have to mean diminishing the previous value. I think it is heartening that libraries are finding ways to survive -- and flourish. It is worthy that they provide digital access to those who need and want it.
We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries lose charm, when we still have our reading habits intact?
When Claire Thomsen was 11, her parents pulled the rug out from her comfortable Malibu existence. They sold the family business, rented out the house, and spent the year roving the world, 27 countries in all, with Claire in tow...
After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.
To ensure that all students reach their education destination, it is imperative that the United States meet the goal of connecting 99 percent of the nation's students with high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries within the next five years.
New York City public libraries are an invaluable public asset. Everyday tens of thousands of New Yorkers go through the doors. People of every race, creed, orientation, and age make use of the free resources which the libraries provide.
Certified school librarians are highly trained professionals who impact the entirety of the school community. They have been proven time and again to positively impact student performance. Every child has a right to a school librarian.
Closing half-of-our-libraries is one of the most egregious insults Miami has ever faced. Many are in low-income areas which will really affect poor adults who rely on the library system for online access.
No, Libramnesia is not the name of a woman or the latest mixed drink. Libramnesia is a highly common, but under-treated social condition that causes its sufferers to completely forget about libraries or even worse, believe libraries are irrelevant.
For those without Internet access at home, having a free Internet connection at the local library is vital. Technology is the great equalizer in our society, and every child and adult deserves to be connected to the promise that this technology holds.
While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on.