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Crazy Stories From A Librarian

newsobserver.com | By JOSH SHAFFER | Posted 08.20.2011 | Books

For three years, Katie Knight patiently accepted the daily indignities of a librarian serving on the front lines of literacy: the dental floss someone...

How To Snag Free Or $1 Summer Beach Reads

time.com | Posted 08.17.2011 | Books

If your vacation plans include a little light summer reading, you couldn’t ask for lighter fare this year. ...

Bay Area Residents Donate Books To Charities But Not Libraries

San Jose Mercury News | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

A big, blue "Books for Charity" bin in the corner of a Safeway parking lot on El Camino Real in Menlo Park overflowed with donations Monday, prompting...

When Government and Business Get It Really Right -- Together

Steve Leveen | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books
Steve Leveen

What Maricopa County librarians heard was that 85 percent of customers arrive at the library with no particular title in mind. They want to browse. Trouble is, the Dewey Decimal System doesn't make browsing that easy.

Communities Stand Behind Librarians Facing Layoffs

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 08.13.2011 | Education

As reports of librarian layoffs continue to surface, librarians have put away their inside voices to fight -- with the support from unions, parents, a...

When Libraries Close, Where Do All The Books Go?

The Independent | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

Libraries axed under coalition spending cuts could be resurrected in pubs, shops and GPs' surgeries if radical proposals being studied by ministers ar...

Alan Bennett: Closing Libraries Is Tantamount To 'Child Abuse'

Telegraph | Morwenna Ferrier | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books

Alan Bennett last night launched a scathing attack on a local council's plans to close a popular north london library, comparing the loss to "child ab...

The Batcave For Book Readers

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 07.18.2011 | Books

Below the surface of the University of Chicago lies a facility -- concealed under an impressive piece of modern architecture -- that houses the wisdom...

Why Libraries Still Matter

salon.com | Natasha Lennard | Posted 07.12.2011 | Books

There are bigger and busier libraries in America, but none more iconic than the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, that state...

The Current State Of The Reader Privacy Bill: Should You Feel Threatened?

Electronic Frontier Foundation | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books

California took another big step towards updating reader privacy today. The State Senate unanimously passed SB602, the Reader Privacy Act, which would...

University of Denver Plans To Remove Majority Of Books From Its Library

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 06.27.2011 | College

But plans at the University of Denver to permanently move four-fifths of the Penrose Library's holdings to an off-campus storage facility and renovate...

Man Who Became Literate At 35 Shares His Story To Inspire Kids

Posted 06.15.2011 | Education

When John Zickefoose was in school, he had a secret: he didn't know how to read. Years later, when his young son busted him for not knowing words in t...

Who Stands for Children and the Aged?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.14.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

The Democrats claim to want to make the devastating cuts to social programs with a scalpel rather than a machete. But whether an assailant uses a scalpel or a machete, victims are going to bleed.

New eBook Lending Site Launched

eBookNewser | Nate Hoffelder on April 12, 2011 11:05 AM | Posted 06.12.2011 | Books

This past week saw the launch of a 9th eBook lending site. Kinboox is currently focused only on lending Kindle eBooks, and like most lending sites a f...

Libraries Have Become Major Job Resource Centers And Heroes Of Battling Censorship (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Books

It's National Library Week and The American Library Association has published its report on the State of American Libraries. Among the trends report...

Dave Jamieson

Shutdown: Washington Workers Could Be Collateral Damage

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If the Obama administration and House leadership can’t strike a budget deal within the next few hours, here are just a few things that...

Facing Budget Woes, a City in California Ponders a Library Without Librarians -- or Books

Alex Pasternack | Posted 06.04.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

Facing the likelihood of state budget cuts that would eliminate $15 million for library and reading program Newport Beach is considering turning its first library into a community center without books.

Books You Can Eat

masslive.com | Posted 06.04.2011 | Books

Charles Frazier's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Cold Mountain" is a fiddle made of fruitcake and pecans. At least that's how Marianne Moriarty of N...

WATCH: 12-Year-Old Saves Library From Closing

Posted 05.28.2011 | Education

For Sekondi Landry, a 12-year-old boy who is home schooled in Dekalb County, Ga., the local library is a daily refuge for quiet study time. So when L...

Confessions Of A Former CIA Librarian

The Atlantic | Glenna Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

When Jim asked us to send him some biographical information, I mentioned that during my five-year stint at the U.S. Library of Congress, I had worked ...

Librarian Finds New Use For Card Catalog Cabinets

eBookNewser | Nate Hoffelder on March 15, 2011 4:23 PM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

If you’re old enough, you might recall how libraries used to have card catalogs. This was back before you could look stuff up on the computer – ba...

Japan Earthquake: Twitter Images Of Damage To Libraries

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Though the toll on human lives from the Japan earthquake is inconceivable, there is something heartbreaking about seeing the treasured books that have...

WATCH: Knock One Book Over And Bring Down A Whole Library

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Play dominos with books and you can bring down a whole library. Watch this video put together by Irish libraries. ...

Chinese Government Funds Free Entry To Galleries, Libraries, Museums

news.xinhuanet.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's government has announced it will finance public libraries, art galleries and cultural centers to allow them to op...

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.