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Stephen King Is Wrong: Books Do More Than Tell a Story

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Stephen King recently said on CNN Money that books themselves aren't important since they're basically just a delivery system for a story. But they're much more than that: they're a canvas. I've been painting on mine for years.

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 ...

Ray Charles Memorial Library Open In L.A.

AP | SANDY COHEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

LOS ANGELES — On what would have been his 80th birthday, Ray Charles has joined the likes of past presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan wit...

Dust Jacket Sketchbook: A Cartoonist's Take On The Literary World (PHOTOS)

Jeffrey Koterba | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeffrey Koterba

2010-09-24-cartoonist.gif As an editorial cartoonist who is also a writer and lover of books, I'm continually on the lookout for opportunities to draw literary-themed cartoons.

Vatican Library Reopens After 3-Year Restoration

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's Apostolic Library is reopening to scholars following a three-year, euro9-million ($11.5- million) renovation to ins...

Bookwallah Gives Books to the Orphans of the World

James M. Lynch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Bookwallah's sole mission is to collect and distribute children's storybooks, set up libraries, and spread the joy of reading to children of orphanages and children's homes throughout the world.

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...

There Are 129,864,880 Books In The World, Says Google

Inside Google Books | Leonid Taycher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When you are part of a company that is trying to digitize all the books in the world, the first question you often get is: "Just how many books are ou...

Two New Jersey Libraries Pull Gay-Themed Book From Their Shelves

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The gay-themed book Revolutionary Voices, an anthology of first-person works by youths in New Jersey, has been quietly pulled from library shelves in ...

Librarian Recommends 9 Fantastic 'Under The Radar' Reads

NPR | By Diana Athill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

As a librarian and a reader, my goal is always to ferret out (and introduce other readers to) books -- both fiction, poetry, and nonfiction -- that ar...

9 Of The Worst Library Books (PHOTOS)

Mary Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mary Kelly

Every library has them: titles in the collection that we stumble upon and think, "What is this doing here?"

Libraries: Investing In The Kids

Forbes | Nilofer D'Souza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

A little over a decade ago, if anyone had told Vimala and Umesh Malhotra that their mission in life would be to set up libraries for children, they wo...

Libraries Lend More Movies Than Netflix, Study Finds

Hartford Courant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The survey, released this year by OCLC, a nonprofit library co-operative and research organization, found that public libraries in the United States l...

Are Libraries The Next Big Thing?

NPR | Linda Holmes | Posted 12.08.2011 | Books

Call it a hunch, but it seems to me that the thing is in the air that happens right before something -- families with a million kids, cupcakes, weddin...

William Jacques, Britain's Most Prolific Book Thief, Jailed At Last

Telegraph | Caroline Gammell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

For hours on end, he would peruse the shelves of the Lindley Library in London, admiring their collection of books, journals and art which dates back ...

The Reader-Writer Covenant

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Books are precious to me. If I am going to ask people to spend time and money on a book I've written, it better be one that broke my own heart in the process of writing it.

The Love Language Whip Up The Mercury Lounge

Chase Hoffberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Chase Hoffberger

You have to understand that Libraries just came out on Tuesday. But it rips, and I've probably spent fifteen of the last 48 hours of my life with ...

How to Support Your Community Library

Mallika Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Mallika Chopra

Library visits are higher than ever before. Due to the ongoing recession, more people are going to libraries to enjoy books, music and movies for free. But funding for them lags more than ever.

Old Spice Guy Defends Libraries (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Old Spice's excellent viral marketing campaign has swept the web over the past couple of days, as the "Old Spice Guy," Isaiah Mustafa, has been busily...

Raccoon Found Browsing Brooklyn Library

WNYC | Matthew Schuerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Maybe those dark circles around a raccoon's eyes come from reading too much -- and in the dark. A specimen of the mammal -- better known for rummagin...

Mom Upset About Racy Teen Books, Refuses To Return Them To Florida Library

Orlando Sentinel | Rachel Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Longwood parent Tina Harden was so disturbed by references to sex and drugs and foul language in the world of fictional teenager Jenny Humphrey that s...

Library Of Congress Gets $5 Million From Billionaire David Rubenstein

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

WASHINGTON — When David Rubenstein was a boy growing up in a blue-collar Baltimore neighborhood, he was keenly drawn to its downtown library. No...

It Takes a City to Raze a Library

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

For many, libraries are the only safe haven around, and yet Boston, Massachusetts, Jacksonville, Florida, and Los Angles, California are just three of the cities considering closing libraries to deal with budget shortfalls.

New York Public Library Interviews Long-Time Custodian

NYPL | Frank Collerius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

So, Veronica, you've been a custodian for...how long have you worked for NYPL? 25 years....

McDonald's Teams Up With Detroit Library To Promote Reading With Happy Meals

Detroit Free Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Using burgers and book bags as an enticement, McDonald's and Detroit Public Library officials announced Wednesday the launch of a new partnership that...