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America's Littlest Library

Rocco Staino | Posted 11.11.2011 | Books
Rocco Staino

The Book Booth may be red in color but is green in nature. It does not have plumbing or electricity but is lit for evening use via a solar light. Its motto is Readcycling that gives life to used books.

Bestselling Author Writes Story To Save Libraries

Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

Best-selling author Karin Slaughter releases a new short story tomorrow - with all of her proceeds going to local libraries. According to a press r...

Smart Events For Bookworms At LA Libraries

| Katie Bain | Posted 10.17.2011 | Los Angeles

On July 18, Los Angeles' public libraries reopened their doors on Mondays after nearly a year of being closed on Mondays due to budget cuts. Celebrate...

Philip Pullman: 'Why We Must Stand Up To The Book Barbarians'

Telegraph | Peter Stanford | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

To casual passers-by, Kensal Rise Library in north-west London is just another red-brick, late-Victorian municipal building, noticeable only because i...

Why We Need Library Rental Fees

The Atlantic | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

As a municipal official (selectman) and taxpayer, I often wonder why government evenly distributes taxes when there are clearly ways to lower the burd...

Public Libraries Fight To Stay Relevant

csmonitor.com | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

These days, it isn't business as usual at the Garden City Public Library in Michigan. The building is intact and the collection of books is in good sh...

Libraries And The Architecture Of Public Space

Carla Leitao | Posted 08.22.2011 | Arts
Carla Leitao

This is the opening article of a series of articles (3), which aim to look at libraries and the landscapes they are a part of and help build. Though a...

Does The Public Library Still Serve A Purpose?

AP | By KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 11.15.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- A century after the nation's library building boom, public libraries are under siege: plunging tax revenues are forcing closures and staff c...

Children's Laureate Warns 'Society Will Pay' For Library Closures

The Bookseller | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

The outgoing Children's Laureate Anthony Browne has warned society "will pay the price in the long term" for closing school and public libraries....

Patience and Fortitude: The New York Public Library Turns 100

Paul Gunther | Posted 07.13.2011 | New York
Paul Gunther

It's time to celebrate the restoration and refurbishment just now liberated from its curative scaffolds. Pay a visit soon to examine the facade and the many stories told by its narrative decoration.

The Art of Public Service

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Liz Neumark

In a moment in time where public employees are the focal point of populist ire, a day devoted to recognizing the accomplishments of public servants is at the very least, refreshing.

Let-Them-Eat-Cake-Attitude Threatens to Destroy a Network of Public Assets

Scott Turow | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books
Scott Turow

I count myself as one of millions of Americans whose life simply would not be the same without the libraries that supported my learning. We cannot take that opportunity away from so many Americans who need that help urgently now.

Your Baby Can Read? That's Nice, But It's Not What Toddler Story Time Should Be About

The New York Public Library | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
The New York Public Library

Reading to children isn't about pressuring your kid into becoming some sort of prodigy who can wow your friends at parties by reading index cards at six months.

Keeping it Public (If the Libraries Don't Sway You, the Blazing House Might)

Amy Traub | Posted 11.15.2011 | Politics
Amy Traub

Last week, the New York Times reported on Library Systems & Services, a private, for-profit company that an increasing number of towns are contracting...

New Jersey City Preparing To Close ALL Its Libraries

AP | GEOFF MULVIHILL | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

CAMDEN, N.J. — The library board in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities, is preparing to close all three of its libraries by the end of t...

Library Budget Cuts In Brooklyn Inspire 24-Hour Read-In Marathon

The New York Times | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

A 24-hour stream of sentences and stories, spanning the canon from George Eliot to "Gossip Girl," flowed from dozens of book-loving New Yorkers this w...

Learn More on Alternative Roles of Libraries

Ron Carlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ron Carlee

It's National Library Week, a time to celebrate and recognize the valuable contribution libraries make to our communities.

It's National Library Week

Examiner | Lori Calabrese | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

I don't know about you, but I LOVE my library. We live in a time where you don't get much for free, so to be able to step into your local library and ...

Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying. We'll Be Sorry When it Snaps

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Art Brodsky

Libraries, once considered a necessity, are now seen as a luxury. They are low-hanging fruit for budget pluckers, particularly at the state and local levels of government in communities across the country.

How Deeply Can We Afford to Cut Library Budgets?

Ron Carlee | Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Ron Carlee

In today's economic state, families and individuals question services that are often labeled "discretionary," but are important to the quality of life in a community and to social equity.

Homeless in Columbia: How To Be Homeless

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Our three days with the homeless confirmed something a close friend told me before I left: We were stepping into a subculture.

Why Would You Want to be Homeless? (VIDEO)

Paul Bowers | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Paul Bowers

Here's the idea: On March 7, my roommate and I will head outside in Columbia, S.C. For one week, we will leave behind almost everything except the clothes on our backs. Our purpose? To document the homeless experience in our city firsthand.

New York Public Libraries Cutting Hours Due To Budget Woes

nytimes.com | BAO ONG | Posted 11.15.2011 | New York

On Wednesday, the New York Public Library announced it would reduce hours at two-thirds of its 87 locations in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten I...

Cold Libraries Mean Perks For Union Librarians

nytimes.com | RUSS BUETTNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Under a little-known contract provision titled "Extreme Temperature Procedures," unionized workers at branches of the New York Public Library can accr...

Why You'll Need A Personal Brain Trainer

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Substantial gains could be achieved by organizing everyday activities that grow neurological abilities and sustain brain health. If the ordinary citizen is to achieve brain fitness, they'll need to work at it.