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Tea Party Sympathizers Target Kentucky Library

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

A group of Tea Party sympathizers in Pulaski County, Ky., is trying to shut down the county library system's special taxing district over a tax hike, ...

Is the Reading Public Excessively Cheap?

Nina Badzin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Books
Nina Badzin

We don't expect most other forms of entertainment to come without a price. Most of us pay for cable or satellite TV. We pay for the Internet connections in our homes. Compared to other ways we entertain ourselves, books are not that expensive.

The Mystery of the Missing E-Books

Art Brodsky | Posted 01.14.2013 | Books
Art Brodsky

Has anyone seen a "used" e-book? No. Not a one. Because they don't exist. Every e-book purchased is a new e-book. The reason for that is that book publishers have come to control the market for e-books in a way that other industries envy.

Why Libraries Need To Stay Open

Caitlin Moran | Posted 01.09.2013 | Books
Caitlin Moran

A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination.

I Voted for Libraries

Rachael Berkey | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

It's Election Day in the U.S. and it's pretty much the only thing on my mind. I even stepped out of the house without a book in my purse. I know. I don't understand this either.

Play Games At Your Library November 3

Jenny Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jenny Levine

International Games Day @ your library is an annual initiative of the American Library Association to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

The Future of Libraries in a Digital Culture

Patricia Martin | Posted 12.11.2012 | Books
Patricia Martin

Until recently, public libraries had little reason to innovate. Then Google arrived. More disruptive technologies followed, causing an identity crisis for librarians. Now the profession is re-thinking its purpose.

To Celebrate Teen Read Week We Ask Authors, "What's Your Favorite Teen Book?"

The Los Angeles Public Library | Posted 12.10.2012 | Books
The Los Angeles Public Library

Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and it's a time where librarians encourage teens to read for the fun of it.

When Ray Bradbury Fell In Love With Books

Posted 10.02.2012 | Books

Excerpted from The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. Introduction © 2012 by Ray Bradbury, Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt...

Where Are All The Librarians Of Color?

Haipeng Li | Posted 11.14.2012 | Books
Haipeng Li

Libraries are necessary to support these dreams, since they are the public institutions that new Americans and diverse groups rely on the most to support continued education, and English language and technology skills needed to thrive and compete in today's competitive global market.

5 More Things Every First-Semester College Student Should Do

Anna Leahy | Posted 10.26.2012 | College
Anna Leahy

Last week, we offered advice for students starting their first semester of college. This week, we get to some practical advice that no one else may bother to mention to you.

The Library Voice is Dead

Eva Glettner | Posted 10.24.2012 | Parents
Eva Glettner

Since the library doesn't have any rules against children running wild, that would be okay, right? No. It wouldn't.

WATCH: Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman Sing Ode To Libraries

Posted 07.19.2012 | Books

We love Daniel Handler. We love Maira Kalman. So, needless to say, when they teamed up for their book "Why We Broke Up" (which came out last December)...

I Read a Comic About Cat Poop and Laughed

Rachael Berkey | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

Gene Ambaum collaborates with writer Sophie Goldstein on two family-friendly, pet-friendly graphic books about messy pets. And yes, the book is about exactly what you think it's about: cat poop.

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...

WATCH: How Citizen Power Saved a Library

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Bill Moyers

The city of Troy was facing a budget shortfall, and was considering closing the Troy Public Library for lack of funds. It would only take a miniscule tax increase to save the library, but anti-tax groups organized against it. Then, the community -- with help from the Leo Burnett ad agency -- went to work.

Book Dilemma

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 08.23.2012 | Books
Michael Rugnetta

So, a few weeks ago, I was reading a book from the library. It was pretty good. I had about 20 pages left...and then, I lost it. I believe I lost i...

Most U.S. Readers Unaware Of eBooks At Libraries

Reuters | Joseph O'Leary | Posted 08.22.2012 | Books

By Joseph O'Leary NEW YORK (Reuters) - Though Kindles and Nooks are becoming almost as common as books, more than half of all U.S. read...

How the Little Free Library Is Reinventing the Library

Russell C. Smith | Posted 08.21.2012 | Books
Russell C. Smith

What if the library was scattered all around a city, instead of in one central location and in a handful of branches spread out around neighborhoods?

Library Worker Sentenced To Jail For Stealing Overdue Book Fines

AP | Posted 06.20.2012 | Books

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A New York library worker who admitted stealing more than $160,000 in overdue book fines and other revenue has been sentenced to...

How to Combat the Dwindling College Resources for Underserved Students

Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz | Posted 08.20.2012 | College
Marjorie Hansen Shaevitz

After the NACAC conference, I couldn't get these statistics out of my head. I wanted to do something about the dearth of information available to the underserved.

Are Publishers Long Overdue In Offering Libraries eBook Titles?

Molly Raphael | Posted 08.19.2012 | Books
Molly Raphael

To the surprise of many readers, public library e-book "shelves" now sport gaping holes. The Witness by Nora Roberts? Unseen. The Lost Years by Mary Higgins Clark? Missing. Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs? DOA.

Read and Comprehend (Nearly) Everything

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

The true intellectual is a glutton for reading material. Magazines and scholarly journals, biographies and other nonfiction, novels and short stories, poetry and street posters: all beg for attention and study.

I Could Write a Book About My Book Ordeal!

Dave Astor | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Celebrity entertainers and politicians have no problem getting their memoirs published. So a book partly about celebrity entertainers and politicians should have had no problem getting published, right?