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Would You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance?

Roz Warren | Posted 06.07.2016 | 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?

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...

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.

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.

My Salute to Librarians

Warren Adler | Posted 12.26.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

From the moment I entered the hushed, sacred precinct of the Brownsville Children's Library in Brownsville, Brooklyn, back in the mid-1930s, I have been a passionate advocate of the public library.

Claire Fallon

How The Public Library Turned Me Into A Reader | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.25.2014 | Books

Books are my passion and my job, so imagine my profound embarrassment several months ago when I had to admit something shameful: I did not yet have a ...

Still Relevant? A Talk With a Librarian

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Historically, libraries have always been a cultural community center for people. Now, because of technology, the roles of libraries have expanded exponentially.

Librarian Criticizes Boy For Reading TOO Much?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 08.22.2013 | Parents

Apparently, this New York elementary school student is too good at reading. Nine-year-old Tyler Weaver and his mother are upset after a local libr...

Hey, Paul Ryan -- We All Depend on Government - Even You (and Your Mom)!

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Rep. Paul Ryan is back to his old tricks, demonizing people who rely on government to improve their lives. This week, his target was food stamp recipients.

Nirvana in the Supermarket, DOMA on the Line

Emmett Rensin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Politics
Emmett Rensin

As oral arguments over California Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act begin before the Supreme Court, I can't help feeling that marriage equality will soon follow indecency and rock and roll into the halls of blasé consensus.

Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into Chic New Library

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.03.2012 | Education

For McAllen, Texas, one man's abandoned Walmart is another's public library. After inheriting the abandoned structure, architecture firm Meyer, Sc...

A Place to Eat, a Place to Learn

Jesse Seaver | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

We all need a place to eat, and we all need a place to learn. The more support we have in these two areas when we are young, the better our chances of not growing up to be hungry adults. For most children, the primary environment in which they eat and learn is school.

Gregory Beyer

The Future Of New York's Libraries | Gregory Beyer | Posted 11.22.2011 | Books

This article is part of our ongoing series on Libraries In Crisis. On a recent afternoon Anthony W. Marx walked slowly around a bank of computers a...

The Future Of Knowledge Architecture

Carla Leitao | Posted 01.09.2012 | Arts
Carla Leitao

Though information has always changed the structure of its perceiving bodies, there are more opportunities for frequent reconfigurations of our bodies of knowledge.

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.

This Librarian Is Smashing Stereotypes, One Tattoo at a Time

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 09.25.2011 | Style
Joan Brunwasser

"The one thing I try to do is be upfront about who I am, which includes my tattoos. Some of them are pretty visible and I won't cover them or pretend they don't exist because someone might not like them.... They are a big part of what makes me 'me.'"

UPDATE: JeffCo Library Porn

Posted 09.20.2011 | Denver

Jefferson County Public Library officials say they cannot control what adults choose to view, according to reports by 9News and the Associated Press. ...

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....

Are Libraries Stacked Against the Free Market?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

From Mexico to Malaysia, from the United States to the United Arab Emirates, a global natural experiment is underway.

Check Out This 1960s Comic Book Ad For Public Libraries!

Boing Boing | Cory Doctorow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Nick Page found this 1960s comic book advert extolling the virtues of public libraries. Especially poignant as public libraries around the world strug...

E-Readers Versus Old Fashioned Books -- Which Is Greener?

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

The E-Reader would seem to be more environmentally friendly than your typical paper and cardboard book. Should we be buying them this holiday season?

Thomas Jefferson Dreamed Of Knowledge As 'Common Property'

The New York Review of Books | Robert Darnton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Can we create a National Digital Library? That is, a comprehensive library of digitized books that will be easily accessible to the general public. Si...

Anger As A Private Company Takes Over Libraries

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A private company in Maryland has taken over public libraries in ailing cities in California, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas, growing into the country's ...


Roy Zimmerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Roy Zimmerman

Ever visit a public library? 'Course you have, 'cause you're taxatin', appropriatin', regulatin', nanny-state-in' Socialist!

ALA Conference This Week: Libraries -- Delivering Technology for All

Larra Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Larra Clark

What do you think of when you hear the word "library?"